About the new blocking system

I would like to thank the tumblr staff for doing the best thing they could have possibly done here recently: Fixing up the block system to where you can keep people from actually following you. I appreciate this so much, and I know plenty of other people who do and will too.

Friends: It doesn’t automatically work on your existing block list. You have to go through your list, unblock, and reblock everyone already on your list from before the block system fix. Otherwise, they’ll still be following you. Make sure to write down their URLs, because once you hit unblock, they’ll disappear from your block list. Don’t forget who ya wanna be rid of.

Please spread this around so people know!!!

Happy and safe tumbling, friends <333

I’ve noticed a few potential issues with the new Block feature of Tumblr: 

If someone is stealing content and the original content creator tries to message them, they can block the creator and make it impossible to message them or get content taken down. Furthermore, they can upload even more stolen content, and the content creator would never see it and never be able to reblog that content to prove ownership or spread the word.

Someone who is harassing another user can block that user, allowing them to spread more hatred or misinformation behind their back, again invisible to the person they are harming and making it impossible for victims to defend themselves directly.

Ultimately it doesn’t so much end the damage as it does make users unaware of that damage. I like the idea of having more control and safety in this site, but there are potential ways in which the system can be abused that Tumblr’s staff did not consider.

Protect the Creators

“What would happen if we stop posting anything until Tumblr decides to protect the creator´s rights by making it impossible to erase the credits.”

Read the original call to action post and find more info here.

Tumblr staff & support , your move.

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Waited approx. 2 hours to upload this GIF… I was crying deep inside, thanks to my slow internet LOL
Worth sacrificing for though. Time to go to bed. Goodnight, interwebzzzz!


Protect the Creators

Dear Peeps,

Above is a small sampling of images I have had stolen on tumblr. In addition to bloggers on tumblr, I have found these images on instagram and pinterest too. Tumblr is the only platform I share my images. It is such an infuriating feeling to have my work stolen that I have stopped checking my images. With over 5000 posts, I know they are floating around without credit and/or claimed as the work of another. Yes, it’s a risk we take when uploading our images to the internet, but there are steps that can be taken to protect the original content of the creators. We are asking tumblr staff to take these measures to protect the creators on tumblr.

I know I am not alone when I say I literally spend hours working on my photos. It takes two seconds for someone else to steal them without a thought given to the person whose work, time, talent and vision they have obliterated the instant they choose to remove any connection to the artist. It’s shit. It’s unacceptable and it must stop. 

Please tumblr staff: Protect the Creators

What’s fair is fair!

Tumblr has been a great source for amateur and aspiring artists to share their work with a robust community that admires and shares original content. This however comes with its own set of problems.  Tumblr makes its money through ad revenues enabled by all the great content original photographers post.  These original photographers do not get a dime from Tumblr. Instead, Tumblr has done very little to protect the original content by allowing unscrupulous bloggers to  remove captions without any regard for the content creator.  At the least, Tumblr should provide better protection in this regard but in all fairness, look to Google and Youtube and implement a revenue sharing formula. That will encourage even better content on Tumblr and establish trust with Tumblr community.  What’s fair is fair!!

Please reblog if you agree. Spread the word!

Dear Tumblr staff,

The Tumblr is an outstanding platform for creators including photographers, and we photographers appreciate your service very much indeed. And, if you add a simple measure to keep protecting the photo copyright and credits during the reblogs, you will be the best social media for creators. And if you do so, I believe you may also gain many B2B users (professionals like architects, interior designers or design companies etc). Your prompt action is highly appreciated.

Thanks & best regards,

Shinji A.

Today, we raise awareness of the need to protect original content on Tumblr. There are many terrific posts and responses to this multi-faceted issue. Original art and content are some of the things that make this social media platform the vibrant community that it is, so help us send the message that this content needs to be protected from theft as much as possible. 

What can you do? Whether you are a curator, a liker, a reblogger, a follower, or a creator, you can find more information about what we’re doing and how you can participate in the links below. Then, for today, June 1, like, post, reblog as many of the “Protect the Creator” related posts as possible. Add your voice to this issue!

To all re-bloggers: Protect the creators by becoming a protector!

There are tumblr users that intentionally steal original work from the creators. There might even be a lot of them. But I bet there are more users that simply don’t know what it means for a creator to have his work stolen and that simply re-blog without thinking twice whether the original post was altered or not. In addition to demanding protection from tumblr, let’s raise awareness among the re-bloggers as well.

As a re-blogger you can help protecting original content on tumblr by doing the following:

1) Do not alter any information of the post when re-blogging. An original post consists of the original work - be it an image, video, text, etc. - and whatever the original author chooses to add: a title, his name, a dedication - whatever it is, it’s part of the author’s creation. That’s why this information is added by default when you re-blog. Don’t delete it. If you want to alter it, ask the creator for permission.

2) Do not alter the original work, unless it’s part of the game (like 1photo-1000pictures, for example). If you want to do so anyways, ask the creator for permission and if they give you their permission, make sure the original work is attributed to them.

3) Before re-blogging from re-blog-blogs (before re-blogging content from a page that you know does not create original content), see if you can find the original post or original author of the post. If you can’t, somebody has most likely altered the post. See if you can find the original post by looking for watermarks or use Google’s reverse image search: https://images.google.com. Then re-blog the original post instead of the stolen one.

4) If you’ve seen a “stolen post”, let original authors know that their work was stolen. This gives the creator the chance to complain/report or make people aware of their wrong-doing and hence makes it more difficult for thieves to continue to steal in the future.

5) Show solidarity with the creators by supporting the “Protect the Creators” campaign and raise awareness by re-blogging this or any other of the many posts today.

This might sound like a lot, but really, altering posts is actually much more work than not altering them.

Thank you. If anyone would like to add to this list, feel free.

Today, 1st June 2015, Algy joins his friends in their campaign calling on Tumblr to Protect the Creators.

Tumblr does nothing to prevent rebloggers from removing the credits, captions and link-backs of original creative works posted here on Tumblr - posted free, by artists, photographers, writers and other creative people for the whole Tumblr community to share.

It takes a lot of time and effort to produce original work. Algy knows! So he joins the call to staff to take action to ensure that original work is reblogged in its original form, with all credits and captions intact, and always with link-back to the creator’s own blog.

Come on Tumblr, you can do it if you really want to! Protect the creators whose presence here on Tumblr makes it unique among social media platforms.