So because of your message, I thought it was a nice idea to reread the FAQ on this blog and kind of point out some things that bother me. I also think that it’s a good idea that this kind of thing becomes public for everyone to see.
I’ve taken out excerpts from the mentioned blog’s FAQ and I’ll clarify why it’s wrong.
Q: I saw one of your pictures without a source! Why don’t you run your pictures through saucenao.com or Google reverse image search?
A: I do. I run every single picture through Google’s picture finder/saucenao. Sometimes, though, I just can’t find the source. If SauceNao is not loading for me, I will specify this in the post. If the artist has shut down their Pixiv account, then I will add a comment that says so.
If she can’t find the source, she’ll go ahead and post it anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had countless of times where I thought to myself “I really want to know the source of this picture but I have no idea where to find it, maybe I should ask Tumblr!” And every single time I correct myself before doing so because I know that even with the relatively low amount of followers I have, if it’s a great piece of art, it will explode. In this scenario we’re looking at a blog with let’s say at least 50,000 followers? Hell, I’m not even surprised if this blog has 100,000 followers.
The point is, she posts without sourcing it when she’s too impatient to wait for the service she uses to find the source to start working again. Not only that, she’ll post art of artists who close down their accounts. I’ll take a random guess and say that maybe these pixiv accounts are closed down BECAUSE of people posting their art everywhere.
If you find that I have incorrectly sources a picture (which does happen sometimes - I’m not perfect), please shoot me a message so that I can correct it. (Additionally, if you are an artist whose picture I’ve posted and who does not want their art reproduced, please message me so that I can take it down and add you to the list of artists not to repost!)
This is the excuse I hate most of all these blogs. The “Oh, if you want me to take it down just tell me!” As if you as a blogger don’t owe the artists ANYTHING. The problem with this horrendous excuse is that a post will probably already have a few thousand notes before the artist picks up on it. Chances are that the artist never figures it out. The thing is, if you shoot someone and nobody finds out, it’s still wrong. Why is it that these blogs cannot take a few minutes of their time to ensure that the hardworking artists who spend HOURS on their art are ok with their hard work being reposted? There’s countless of posts on Tumblr that literally teach others how to communicate in Japanese in order to ask permission. Blogs like TheSafariZone can do it, so why not this blog? Major kudos to that blog of course! TheSafariZone restarted their entire blog from square one to ensure that they follow the wishes of the artists.
Q: You reblogged something and the original poster didn’t include a source! Why didn’t you add one?
A: Because I am not responsible for what other people post. I’m only responsible for what I post, and when I post something, I include a direct link to the artist’s DeviantArt, Pixiv, Tumblr, or Tegaki account.
The avoidance of responsibility here is despicable. You as a blogger are responsible for every single post on your blog. Nobody forced you to reblog something, you did that on your own. Therefore you as a blogger are responsible for every single little thing that appears on your blog. If I were to reblog porn, then I am responsible for it being on my blog. If I were to reblog copyrighted material, I am responsible for it being on my blog. If I were to reblog unsourced art, then I am responsible for it being on my blog. I’m going on a hunch here that least 99% of this site has the ability to read and see the posts they reblog, one way or another. If I can see that there’s no source on art, if I can see that it’s not the original artist’s description, if I can see that someone’s art has nothing to do on my dashboard, then I’m sure as hell that that 99% of the people is able to as well.
Q: You posted something that someone else on Tumblr already posted! You stole from them!
A: First of all, you can’t “steal” a post from someone else’s Tumblr. I don’t understand this stupid Tumblr idea that it’s rude to not reblog from someone; they aren’t the original artist, and no one has any obligation whatsoever to credit them just for finding someone else’s picture. I mean, I’ve encountered people on Tumblr who literally think that reposting a picture instead of reblogging it is tantamount to art theft. Secondly, I don’t “steal” other peoples’ posts. There are dozens of Pokemon blogs on Tumblr, and do you know why some of our posts overlap? It’s because we’re all using the same sources to find art (DeviantArt, Pixiv, Tegaki, etc.) - not because we’re all secretly ripping each other off.
Yes, yes you can steal from someone’s Tumblr. You know why? Because some blogs ask permission. And blogs that do this have more right than anyone who doesn’t to post these images. As a blogger you’re not the original artist either. Of course someone else can post the same thing from the same source and two of the same posts will go around Tumblr. That happens. It would happen less if people asked permission.
Q: That thing you posted offended me. You should take it down.
A: I absolutely refuse to take down any picture that is posted unless it is blatantly racist, sexist, or homophobic (but then again, I wouldn’t have posted it in the first place if I was offended by it). The most I am willing to do is include a tag or trigger warning of some kind. Here are examples of things that I will not take down:
A Pokemon dressed like Hitler.
A post in which someone uses the word “nigga”. While I personally disagree with its use, I do not in any way feel comfortable telling people what they are and aren’t allowed to say, write or draw, and I don’t think it’s okay to speculate on the race of the original artist. What if the artist is black and trying to re-appropriate the word for his own use?
A Pokemon dressed in traditional clothing (such as a kimono or a headdress).
Is this a joke? Is someone pranking me right now? She refuses to take down something unless it’s blatantly racist, sexist or homophobic but at the same time she will never remove an image featuring a Pokemon dressed like Hitler? I’m not at all easily offended. I’m probably the hardest to offend on this whole darned website. But this is just not ok.
Does this blogger even know what Hitler did? Does she not know that Hitler committed ALL of these crimes? Causing millions to die!? Is that not the fucking epitome of racism, sexism and homophobia? Is that not the most extreme case of all of these offenses combined into one!? And you’re telling me that a Pokemon dressed like Hitler is not in any way or form a problem? A CHILD CAN SEE THAT. A child can see that and not understand the velocity of what it represents. It can take it into the world thinking there’s nothing wrong with Hitler.
Not just that, can you imagine how triggering it is for some people? Especially for Europeans and any other person that was personally or indirectly involved in this massacre!? I’m assuming there’s not going to be an 80 year old veteran browsing the site, obviously not, but what if I’m in the living room with my granny who had to sit through bombings while suddenly Hitler Pikachu appears on my dashboard? Not just that, I personally take offence to it. It’s making a joke out of a massacre that destroyed a large part of my country. It has taken millions to rebuilt us and we were in absolute financial crisis at that time. We are RAISED with these horrendous stories. In European countries THIS IS PART OF OUR CULTURE AND GENERAL EDUCATION. One of the first darned things we read is how Anne Frank died. We all carry this with us as grandchildren of the generation that had to go through this. This is an offence to my grandfather and grandmother who had to go through HELL. And this is blatantly making a joke out of it.
Now to get back to the asker. I know that you requested me to suggest blogs to unfollow or blacklist. Honestly, I’m already afraid of a huge backlash from simply posting this. Imagine if I flat out listed all the people I have on my blacklist right now? I don’t want to be in that position. What I can say is that you need to pay attention. If you often see someone’s username pop up with art that isn’t theirs without the message “Permission was granted” then it’s probably time to unfollow and blacklist them.
If you want to follow blogs that religiously ask artists for permission, then I suggest paying attention to my recommended tag. Every now and then I post a list of blogs I follow. Which include original artists and their blogs, and blogs that ask permission before posting.
Of course, the braver people among us can simply respond to this post with the blogs they blacklisted so that you can learn from that.
If this post ever reaches the mentioned blog, then I hope she understands what she’s doing is wrong. I personally don’t feel comfortable posting any of my art online because of people like her. I didn’t pay nearly 100,000 dollars to put myself through art and design school for people like her to simply take what isn’t hers. My time, my money and my hard work is NOT something you can take away from me for your own 2 minutes of glory.
This. I’ll always reblog this. It’s artists like me and others I know that are effected. No effort to show respect in the first place from the mentioned blog