Reposting and why you shouldn't do it
As a gifmaker, I’ve come across quite a lot of reposts of my work. It had been a while, but today I saw a reposted gifset of mine again.
A lot of you don’t seem to understand that this is not okay. There are a few different scenarios in which reposting happens, and I know that not everyone has bad intentions, but what you’re doing is still wrong regardless.
- People intentionally save gifs/edits/art/etc and post it on their own blog, claiming it as their own and taking credit for your work.
- People repost something without asking your permission, but think that crediting you in some kind of way makes it okay (spoiler alert: it doesn’t). I’d like to add to this that you could at least credit the original maker in the text underneath your post, and not in a tag. Tagging is not crediting; people cannot see that tag anymore on a reblog.
- People post from weheartit. No idea why people do this? If you like weheartit, I don’t care, use it, but do not post content from there on here, and do not contribute to stealing work by posting things from Tumblr on weheartit. If you like Tumblr? Use Tumblr the way it was intended: follow people and reblog from them.
- People take a particular image from a larger set, post it, and comment something along the lines of “omg look at his muscles!!” “he’s so HOT” “I DIED!!”. Still reposting, don’t do it. As much as I hate comments on my posts, I’d rather have you comment on the original post than have you repost it.
- People use it for gifhunts. Still reposting. Ask for permission first. Personally I am not okay with this, as people will save gifs from that gifhunt, and then they will repost them, and that just keeps the cicle going.
Why it’s not okay:
- People put time and effort into making these edits, gifs, pieces of art, drawings, etc. You know when you write a paper, you have to credit your sources because otherwise it is stealing? That you can’t just take content and put it in your text without a source? It’s the same for us; you’re stealing our work.
- You’re gaining notes and followers from something you put no effort in.
- You’re making the original owner feel like shit because they worked on something, and then you took it from them and went “Hey, look what I made!!”
What you should do before reposting an edit, gif, piece of art, photo, etc:
- Find the original source. If you’re on Tumblr, you can literally just click the source at the top right corner and there you go.
- When finding the source, be sure to compare the watermark to the source. Not the same? Check if it’s their old url. If it isn’t? It’s already a repost. Don’t reblog it, don’t repost it again. Instead, contact the person you see on the watermark, link the reposts to them, so they can contact Tumblr support if they wish to do so. Find the original post and reblog that one, if you want.
- Found it on weheartit? Don’t post from there. If there’s a watermark? Go to the original source, reblog from there. No watermark? Too bad.
- When you have found the original source, and you think you have a legitimate reason for reposting their work, explain it to them and ask for permission.
- They say no? Too bad. Don’t repost it. Reblog the original work if you want to.
What you can do against reposting:
- Always compare sources to watermarks. If they’re not the same, contact the person on the watermark and link them to the repost.
- And don’t ever reblog something if you can see it’s a repost!
- Source: weheartit. Don’t reblog!
- Don’t delete the original poster’s caption! It might make it harder to distinguish whether or not the post is a repost or not, and if people comment on it in the future, it will make it look like it was their gifset/edit/art.