always keep an eye out for reposts! they don’t give credit to artists, they give the reposter notes for something that isn’t theirs, and they’re against tumblr’s community guidelines.

it’s very important to reblog art from artists because the notes support them. source links to their blog or to the post is ok, but if you have the source link to their blog, why not find the post anyway? many artists get very frustrated over art theft/reposts, and some have even deleted their blogs because so many people have been reposting their art without a source to them. artists deserve credit for the work they do!

also check out this post about finding sources, this more-detailed tutorial on how to image-search fanart for the op on tumblr, and this google chrome extension that offers image-search for pixiv (more for art by japanese artists), iqdb, tineye (those 2 are useless), and reverse google image search!

"this art isn’t mine", "i didn’t draw this", and "credit to whoever drew this" AREN’T ENOUGH. weheartit, zerochan, fanpop, and other image-hosting sites aren’t valid sources! if you see a post with any of those sites as a source, please do not reblog it! deviantart, artist blogs, pixiv sites, furaffinity, and other artist-uploading sites are valid sources! if the artist has a tumblr, reblog their art from them and don’t repost it.

thanks for reading!


There comes a point when, after an image has been reposted so many times devoid of any credit, it’s nearly impossible to find the source.

Many popular photographs on tumblr have been reposted and then reblogged from those reposts so many times that when you reverse search them, you don’t get pages of the photographers name—instead, you get pages of Tumblr or We Heart It links, none of which tell you who took the photo.

Photographs are art that need to be sourced just like drawings or paintings. Photographers spend a great deal of time on the work that we produce and it’s a huge bummer to see your art propagated without any of it coming back to you. This is why a lot of us put watermarks on our work, so when people repost, at least others can see our name or website.

Like, this stuff destroys backward searching. I mean, I’ve done this stuff for years, and I’m not able to find the sources of images. Before Tumblr? Easy. After Tumblr? Nope. Every reblog of a repost hurts.

So tl;dr: when you see a pretty picture on Tumblr that doesn’t have a source, do this:

  1. See if it was posted by the original artist (in which case, reblog) or a reposter.
  2. If it was reposted, DO NOT reblog it as is—either search as much as you can to find the original and reblog it from there, or if the original image is not from tumblr, reblog it with a link to the correct source.

Consciously reblogging a reposted image with no credit is the same thing as reposting it. It just clogs up services like Google and TinEye with endless pages of sourceless tumblr blogs. And that god damned blows.

jeffrey-parker asked:

((I love it how you add souce to all the pictures. How do you do it?

Mod: It’s pretty simple really. What you do is go to Google images

And you’ll see this

You click that little camera and you’ll see this

Once that comes up, just copy paste the URL or upload the image from the other tab you see there. Soon enough, you’ll find the source.

Let me find an example

See how this is unsourced?

Just right click on it and click on “Copy image URL”

Once you do that, go back to here and paste

Then click “Search by image” and you’ll see something like this

Sometimes you’ll see something automatically put into the search bar, but that’s ok. But sometimes it’s completely irrelevant to the image, so you can take out part of it or just retype it and press enter and everything will be fine.

See? Just fine. Now to try and find the image. Most images are from deviantart, so stick to that first before going to pixiv or tumblr. Weheartit, polyvore, pinterest, imgur, and instagram are not sources (sometimes instagram but most of the time they’re just screenshots that have been filtered).

And there ya go! See, it was on the first page too. Sometimes it’s a few pages down, but most of the time it’s within the first three.

Then you go to the image that’s there. After making sure that’s the picture, and that it’s one that the person actually made (on occasion people on deviantart just upload art that isn’t theirs. I’ve encountered that a few times. Just inform the original artist and report the art thief). Once all is good, copy one of two links. The one at the top in the URL bar, or the one that you see beneath the details of the image that goes along the lines of “——-“

Then you go back to the unsourced art (I tend to save them in my drafts in case I make a mistake). Highlight “Source” and then click on that insert link button (it looks kinda like an 8 or infinity sign)

Paste the link and then press “insert link.” I generally check off the little box to be considerate to other users in case they were checking out something on their blog.

Once you see that’s underlined and that those two little icons are glowing, all is well. That means the link was included.

Then you can chose whether or not to save the draft or post it or add to queue or anything else. I post tend to post after I source, but everyone is different, so do whatever floats your boat.

TADA!~ It has been done. You can even ask the person to source it, but they generally don’t do it. And if you ever see your own art put up, just go to and you can report the person for putting up your work without the source. Tumblr will also take it down along with all the reblogs.

The process is actually really quick, like 30 seconds to a minute or so, the tutorial just took a while to make.

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Well, despite my best efforts to accommodate people’s wants and to respect artists’ work, there are still a select few who give me (give us) grief over foolish things like copyright infringement. I’d like to address that for a second, to whom it may concern.

Before I delve into it, the above picture is a screen-shot from my former DeviantArt account. I’d talked with this guy many times; he’s a very intelligent and well-informed individual, and at one point he was browsing my old art and left this comment for me. I told him that I’d begun to put my signatures on most images, along with watermarks, but I wasn’t bothering with marking the crappy images (someone would have to stoop to new lows to claim ownership of the shitty sketches I make). The nuts and bolts being I’m not the only one who is making this point. People who know how the internet works know that it is up to the individual artist to mark their own art. One of the first things you’ll be asked if you decided to make a legal case out of it all is, “Did you mark the image in any way so it could be traced directly back to you, and did you mark it in a distinct way that proves you’re the owner?” (Another would be whether you paid for an official copyright for your image or not.)

(I blotched out the examples ‘cause they had my name on it… Here’re the revised examples:
©USERNAME 2010, 2011
Replace “Username” with your username, obviously. Or, preferably, your real name.)

Most of these explanations are in this blog’s FAQ, so I’ll try to not be repetitive. What I will say, though, is that this isn’t a commercial blog. It’s a casual web portal where we collect all the helpful art tools and references for people to better their art. We’ve never once laid claim to any of it. People say it’s our job to source. Tumblr says it’s our job to source. A dire, dire mistake Tumblr makes, however, is that they don’t differentiate commercial blogs from casual ones (a very big legal lapse in their rules and regulations). People, on casual websites, post whatever they want whenever they want, with whatever tags or alterations or claims they wish. Though I don’t want to associate ourselves with such a vague and potentially harmful category, we are casual. We do not publicize or benefit financially or socially from this in any way. We’re just chillin’ on a blog, helping friends out with art. We’ve sold nothing. We’ve published nothing. We’ve been paid zilch. And that makes a huge difference in our terms of responsibility with sourcing. Do you source every image you send in an email to a friend? Do you put the website at the bottom of the images you print out to decorate your locker? You sure as hell don’t. Would you do it for a magazine or newspaper or book? Hell yeah. People are financed for such things. People make money, get publicity, and climb the career ladder for such things. People benefit from that. But here? When we’re just some college dudes giving unofficial art advice to some struggling artists who draw for a hobby? Any jury would not agree with you that we’re the bad guys, here.

Something I will reiterate is that it is your responsibility to mark your own art when you publish it on the internet (I’m no exception with my own art). If you don’t understand that people will save your art to their computer, upload it to different sites, claim ownership of it, and/or even sell it with or without your permission and without knowing it was you who originally made that image, you are being very, very, very ignorant. You’re supposed to be paranoid on the internet, because anything can happen. It is forever YOUR responsibility to mark your image. Websites that say an image is copyrighted to you simply because you upload it there (like DeviantArt, for example) sure as hell don’t cover the big picture. Now, DA also gives you a watermarking option (or, at least did when I was on there), which does solve most of the problem, and is awesome. I always used that option. But if you don’t check off that option and your art is just sitting there visually unsourced, YOU are not taking the necessary precautions to protect your property. That responsibility falls on YOU, and you don’t get to blame me or anyone else for it. (That, of course, changes if someone is claiming they made your image and/or are trying to sell it [which, again, we are not doing], but you’re also at fault for making it harder to prove that that image was yours to begin with.) You will never convince a jury that a blog like this is in the wrong.

Not only that, but, in the FAQ, I’ve explained why this blog is legally safe for posting anything. If you want the big PDF that explains everything, here you go (they keyword to look for is “Intermediaries”, ‘cause this blog is a web-portal and is therefore classified under Intermediaries… also look out for the term “Safe-Harbors”):

Please note that the PDF addresses worst case scenarios and hardly applies to this blog in terms of “severe cases of infringement”. Particularly since I always (genuinely) tell you all that I’m more than willing to credit you or take your art down if you simply ask me to.

Something people rarely consider is that I have every single image that’s on this blog already saved to my computer (obviously; that’s where I upload ‘em from). So, I didn’t create this blog for myself; I made it to help you guys get better with anatomy (just like virtually each artist who made the original images). If this blog, for whatever reason, gets deleted, it doesn’t affect me in any way whatsoever. All of these images, plus many, many more, are well-organized in my computer files for me to access and utilize ‘em whenever I feel like it. It does, however, hurt everyone else, and yourself, immeasurably. Sure, you may have saved many (if not every) image on here. But, even then, there are many who rely on this blog as a resource. Not only do you get new references every week, you have a way to search them up via tags. Not only that, but me and the Intern Admin are here to help you find what you’re looking for, on occasion. It’s insanely convenient. That’s the point of this blog; convenience. We can totally find whatever we’re searching for whenever we like, but we’re choosing to help you all out as well, ‘cause we want people to learn and feel confident with themselves and their art (your art). We lose nothing if the blog gets deleted. You are the only ones who will get hurt from it.


On another note, if anyone wants help with copyrighting or wants information on it, I’m more than happy to help (or even make a reference for it). I’m good friends with a few lawyers (some who have been practicing for over 20 years) and even a judge, so I have good resources to pick at. Plus, I know the laws pretty well (I study some law; for hobby, and for even protecting my own art and creations). I implore that you always mark your art in a prominent way that you know won’t be removed. Signatures, websites, watermarks, even cropping or taking a photo while blocking part of the image with your hand or something.

A PSA FOR THE RWBY FANDOM (or any fandom)

If you:

  • Don’t know the name of the original artist
  • Don’t know the source url the art came from
  • Are lazy as fuck about sourcing and can’t do something as simple as a Google Reverse image search and be a little considerate
  • Don’t want to deal with a lot of flack from the artists and supporters of a community



"Credit to the original artist!" or "I got this from (insert site here!)" IS NOT GIVING PROPER CREDIT.

Taking away the recognition of an artist is not cool, yo. If you find the artist’s work cool, that’s great! Please respect artists by not going behind their backs with their artwork!

After a while, it gets old and tiring, and this behavior drives artists away from sharing their work on the internet. Work that they put LOTS of effort into.

  • If you read this, thank you!
  • If you’re a diligent sourcer: I salute you!
  • If you’re being fucking lazy about sourcing/reposting artwork: you’ve got a big storm coming. ://///

I know that a lot of people are completely unaware that zerochan isn’t a proper source. I imagine even fewer know that zerochan itself actually does put the proper source on most art, which is readily available for you to copy and paste and pretend as if you had never been on zerochan in the first place. Which is why I decided, hey, why not make another guide? If I can’t make people stop using zerochan, I can at least show them how to link back to pixiv with next to no effort on their part. (On that note, please don’t use zerochan. Or weheartit.) 

In any case, here’s another guide. Even if you don’t need the help, odds are someone you know may need it.

Note: Not all artwork will have a mangaka tag. If that’s the case, please use saucenao and find the source that way. Don’t link back to zerochan. If you can’t find the source at all, don’t post it. Please. Respect the artist.


pixiv sourcing: how to ask for permission the smart way

Bringing this up cause I feel that sometimes, people oversimplify the issue of asking an artist’s permission when reposting things from pixiv. I hope this post can help people see that the issue is a complex one, and definitely more than simply firing off a generic message to a pixiv artist and judging their one single response.

Keep reading


Sometimes it can be hard to know if the artist is comfortable with reposting when you don’t speak Japanese. That’s ok! However here are some common Japanese sentences used to prohibit the redistributing of work.

Keep in mind, we don’t speak much Japanese either… so I’m afraid you won’t be able to ask us for help with anything in that language. These are just things that we’ve noticed from Pixiv profiles.

  • 絵の転載や利用はすべてお断りしております。

I have refused all use and reproduction of the artwork.  

  • 無断転載・使用はお断りしております。

No unauthorised reproduction or use.

And guys, here it is in 5 languages:

・No reproduction or republication without written permission.
・本站内图文请勿随意转载 / 本站内圖文請勿隨意轉載
・게시물 무단 전재 복사 배포 등을 금지합니다
・Gebrauchen die Bilder ohne Genehmigung verboten.

And this one’s specifically tumblr:

  • tumblrへの引用もご遠慮下さい

Basically, as Iliata pointed out here 無断転載 translates to ‘unauthorised reproduction’ which is basically saying that you aren’t allowed to redistribute their art unless they say you can.

Another way to check is just to google translate the artist’s profile page to see whether they say anything about reproduction.

anonymous asked:

For the sake of the community can you please spell out the problems with self-promoting? I agree with your position that it ruins the integrity of the photo. Blogs piggyback other people's work to gain followers and it should be seen as taboo on Tumblr. Because you have a bigger fan base, a PSA on self-promoting would spread much further and help combat its use.

Thanks for your thoughtful question!
Okay here goes:
This is not about me putting a lot of time and effort into sourcing photos properly (or any of the other blogs that do so for that matter)
This is about photographers and their work. They are the ones putting the real time and effort into going out, seeing and taking the perfect shot. It’s no secret that I upload many photos, and sometimes I get questions about if I have permission, to which I talk them through the standard 500px license which the majority of photographers on there have (it allows for non-commercial sharing on blogs, websites, etc. so long as it is properly sourced) I am meticulous about it. It HAS to be done. I put sources into the captions as well as the content source section (which can’t be deleted). Yes there are blogs out there who source properly in the captions section which can be deleted but link back to their blogs in the content source section. Nevermind my opinion of them, at least they are doing the right thing in linking to the photographer in the captions. It is still the self-promoter’s fault for deleting it. And yes one of the great things about tumblr is that you can do whatever you like, inlcuding deleting a fellow blogger’s hard work and hijacking for your own needs.
Even tumblr’s guidelines says that you should source photos, although this is not compulsory and some big blogs don’t do it anyway. It’s not just self promotion that I have a problem with (I block anyone I catch doing it so they can’t see my posts), but also blogs who upload from we heart it or pintrest, blogs who pass sources off as their own so as to look like they uploaded it, blogs who simply don’t source. It DOES matter and it’s very important stuff. Basic internet etiquette right here guys. Don’t delete sources and try as best you can to only reblog sourced pictures, unless they are original photography in which they are sourced automatically anyway.

In my own view, I am doing photographer’s a favour in getting them more views via my own blog through proper sourcing, my blog attracts far more viewers than most photographer’s sites. And for someone to just come and completely disregard that photographer’s source is very rude and abnoxious, there are plenty of quality bloggers out there who hate it and won’t reblog unsourced photos.

But about my own efforts, yes they are not as important as a photographer’s efforts but nonetheless it’s still rude to just delete a caption and put your own two cents in like “nature here” or “follow for more” it’s all complete bullsh** and quite simply laziness. If you want to attract followers to your blog then do it the proper way and don’t cheat. In my own view and tumblr’s view also, it is immoral and wrong to do that.

If anyone self promotes on my uploads or any one of my friend’s posts (or anything I see on my dash) you will be blocked and I might even send you a very nasty message letting me know just how I think of you. You’re the SCUM of tumblr and equivalent to the dog turds I scrape off my boots every morning. In fact you’re equivalent to the worms that eat them in the ground. Good bye.

How to Post Art That Isn't Yours Correctly

I’ve dealt with a lot of art reposting recently (of my art and many other artists) and the main problem is that most people don’t realize what they are doing, how much it hurts artists, or how to fix it. So here’s a tutorial of how to post art that is not yours.

  1. If you find a cool piece of art on facebook, weheartit, deviantart, etc, you need to FIND THE ARTIST. If you find the art on tumblr, just REBLOG. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES may you repost it if it’s already on tumblr.
  2. To find the artist, there’s a few things you can do. Some artists add a watermark on their image with their URL. If it’s on dA or another art sharing site, you’ve got the artist right there! Go to their page, see if they have a tumblr, and REBLOG IT FROM THE SOURCE. If they do not have a tumblr, post the image on tumblr and in the “source” option, PASTE IN THE ARTIST’S URL.
  3. If you found the art somewhere like facebook or weheartit and the asshole who posted it put no source, again it is up to you to FIND THE ARTIST. The easiest way to do this is using a Reverse Google Image Search to find the original artist.

TL;DR: reposting (especially with no source) is a terrible thing to do and hurts all the lovely, hard-working artists out there. Plus, artists like me will get very upset and are not above calling you out and/or reporting you.

anonymous asked:

Hey! As an artist /and/ a writer, I'd like to please, please, /please/ ask you to source the images you use for your "writers block: a picture is worth a thousand words" series! Because art theft happens when the source of an image is taken away and the image circulated without proper credit to the artist, the same way some people try to repost writing on another site as their own! please save people trouble and heartbreak and source! Thank you!

Also, please don’t make me be the one to report you for not correctly sourcing images. It takes about five minutes to source an image but it’ll take me a lot longer to trawl through your blog and contact each of the artists whose work you have used without permission.

Hello there, concerned citizen! 

From our FAQ:

For Image Blocks, we cite our sources two ways on the dashboard and two ways on WriteWorld itself. On your dashboard, you can click the image to jump to the source, or you can click the link in the top right-hand corner of the post labeled “Source”. On WriteWorld, you can also click the image to jump to the source, but the clickable link labeled “Source” is located in the lower left-hand corner of the post.

Our sourcing is in accordance with Tumblr’s guidelines and tools regarding sourcing. From Tumblr’s Community Guidelines page: “Make sure you always give proper attribution and include full links back to original sources.” We use Tumblr’s “content source” and “click-through link” input fields to source our Image Blocks.

Posts related to this question:

It might be that you are viewing our posts from a phone. Sometimes Tumblr’s app doesn’t display sourcing correctly on the app. I’m sure Tumblr is working hard to solve this functionality issue to prevent exactly this sort of confusion in the future. 

I hope this helps!


pontaprince asked:

Thank you for putting the source on that picture; I really appreciate it, but I don't get why you had to sound harsh when the rest of them are sourced. But, yeah, just felt like I needed to say something. Have a good rest of your day/night. ☆彡

Hi, there!

I feel very passionately that it doesn’t take very much effort to find the source of an artwork. As I said in my post, it only took me three seconds to find the source. I’ll assume the benefit of the doubt, that you aren’t aware why sharing artwork without sourcing is so bad. Here’s why I feel so strongly that it should never be done, to the point that I was “harsh” about it (which I am not denying in the slightest):

Sharing work without crediting the original artist is extremely disrespectful. Many very good fanartists take their work down completely because they see their art being shared without their permission. It’s not fair to the people who put their hearts into making free, beautiful art for people to look at, and it’s not fair even to the people who might want to see more of the artist’s work. 

Please don’t forget that on pixiv, having people favorite, bookmark, and rate the work can contribute to the artist’s renown and income. Someone who doesn’t post a source is denying them that right. This is especially true for Japanese fanartists, who are fully able to make a living off their fanart, though the vast majority of them struggle to make ends meet from that work. Also, Japanese law about copyright infringement is REALLY strict, and to have people willy-nilly reposting their things without asking, getting permission, or even notifying them is a massive cultural no-no, and is (again) responsible for many fantastic artists removing their artwork from the Internet, which nobody wants!

Also, posting art without a source, regardless of whether it’s easy or whether it’s right, is in a gray area of the law. Copyright law (link to World Intellectual Property Organization) holds that the creator of a work has intellectual property over it, and should always be credited for the work.

The artist that you reposted work from has actually enabled sharing! You can see that in the red box:

This means that they ENCOURAGE people to share their art—with a link back to their pixiv page. This helps them, and everyone still gets to see the artwork.

If you think finding a source is difficult, I’ll show you how I did it so fast. Just download the Chrome add-on “SauceNao.” When you see an unsourced image on your dash like so, just right click:

like so, and you have four different ways to find the source of that super cute artwork you found! Or if you’re in another browser, just go to and paste in the url, they can always find something on pixiv.

Thing about it in another term: you wouldn’t read a fanfic you liked, then copy/paste it into your tumblr and say, “Dunno where this is from but it’s great!” If I found out someone did that with my writing, I’d be furious. It’s illegal, it’s immoral, and it’s rude. 

So that’s why I was harsh about finding a great pixiv artist unsourced on my dash. I feel very strongly about this issue, and while some people may say that we give up our rights to something when we put it on the internet, I don’t agree. We as a civilization are worth more than that.

I hope you also have a good rest of your day/night.

//How to source your art reuploads properly

Okay, so I don’t know about other fandoms, but in the ones I am, there are always this people who reupload fanarts without permission or even credits. Many say that this is because they found them reuploaded as they were on google, without an original source (or on zerochan, danbooru… You get the idea). However, it isn’t hard to find out where a picture came from! Not at all! There are two effective ways that cover 80 to 90% of pictures, especially when we talk about anime/manga, since pages like pixiv are included!

Method A) Google reverse search

This one is easy. Go onto the picture that you want to upload. Make a right-click and (depending on the browser you use) you can choose the options: “Display graphic” or “copy URL”. I personally use firefox (non-english) and it looks like this:


It’s actually not important which way you choose, you just need to get the URL of the picture you want to source~! Let’s try it out together and source the picture I currently use on my blog as an avatar!

Now we have the hotlink. What’s next? Right, just search it on google!

It won’t find anything, put ask if you want to try the picture search. Click on the link it shows.

And BAM! There you have your results. In this case the artist is Hanezumi. Now you can give proper credit and link back to the original page!

Method B)

Saucenao is a really useful alternative if the Google reverse search fails.
Save the picture you want to your PC and then go to Saucenao.
Upload the picture there. Let’s do it together!

Just choose a file from your pc, click “get sauce”… And let the page do the rest!
There you have all you need! Title, Pixiv ID (with link) and the Member/Artist. Great isn’t it? All you have to do is to copy and paste this infos now and put them in the same post as your reupload!

Saucenao also has an extension for Firefox!
With this extension installed, you don’t even need to save the picture on your PC anymore. Just right click it and choose the “SauceNAO search”

That was it already! So if anyone says they couldn’t find the source and it takes me less than 2 seconds I’ll lose any respect I held for them. Just make sure to really give credit! If you cannot find any source, state so and ask your followers to tell you who made it if they know! Let the artist know that you want to give them proper credit. Thank you!