I’ve had to endure a wave of art reposting recently, and I feel like it needs to be said again.
DO. NOT. REPOST. ARTS. Mine or anyone else’s stuff. THIS IS NOT OK.
If you found art on tumblr, saved it on your disk, and make a new post on your own blog with it = WRONG.
Reblog from the source, respect the fact that the artist has a tumblr and reblog THEIR post, do NOT make a new one, this is CRAP. AND DISRESPECTFUL TOO.
If you found it somewhere else and don’t know who the artist is and post it anyway = WRONG.
Google reverse image search, investigate, try to find the name of the artist on tumblr, ask around. At the end of the day everyone CAN find the artist behind an art with a bit of google fu, reposting it is basically saying you were lazy and do not give a shit about the person who did the art. I know that sometimes it’s hard to find sources, but try harder, honestly. And if the art is not on the artist’s tumblr, then ask permission and be nice. And if the artist is not on tumblr at all, fairly good chance they will be on DA, maybe ask them before making a post. And source properly.
If you ARGUE with the artist when the artist contacts you about it and try to justify it?
Fuck off, this is not acceptable. Just because it’s the internet and everyone is free to do the fuck they want doesn’t mean it’s the RIGHT thing to do. Imagine for a minute someone sneakily going into an artist’s place, grabbing a painting on the wall, taking it back home, putting it on your wall, and telling everyone “oh it’s just a painting I found”. WOULD YOU DO THAT IN REAL LIFE. I wish many people on the interweb would assess their behavior if everything they did in an asshole way online would be applicable to RL. FUN FACT: MOST OF THEM WOULD NEVER DO IT FOR REAL. CHECK YOURSELF.
I try to stay polite and decent when I contact a reposter pointing out this is not nice and that I would appreciate if they could delete their post, then reblog from the source, but if that person comes back at me being all snarky and aggressive, I will virtually headbutt them. And I will always be nice to people who apologise and say they were not aware of the etiquette, making mistakes is completely a-ok. As for people who repeatedly repost everything, I have zero, absolutely zero amount of politeness for you guys.
SIDE NOTE EDIT: Extra comment as pointed out by a few people on that post, stop deleting the artist’s comment under the art you reblog as well. It’s really rude. There is a reason it’s there so leave it, please.
This has been a rant.