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.

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. ://///
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

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 much I hate to the steampunk fashion tag lately… It’s not that there aren’t beautiful people, there are a lot (although mainly girls) but it’s the fact that sites like steampunk girls, steampunk divas of stampunkopath are posting tons of pictures WITHOUT SOURCE or even worse: adding there own homepage full of advertisement as a source. Even pictures with the obvious deviantart watermark are re-uploaded.

Seriously: WHY? 

Lately I’ve done some photoshoots with the amazing Natalia Le Fay and seeing one of our results posted at the tag (cropped and without source) made me really furious: 

Why don’t you respect people’s art work? Is it asked too much to add a decent source?

There are a lot of amazing pictures out there and most of the time we are left wondering: Who is this? Who did that photo? etc. I often would like to contact some artist, asking where they took the pictures, or where they got their outfit and so on, without source it’s impossible.

There are tumblrs like gothicandamazing that do an awesome job on adding as much information as possible to a photo. So IT CAN BE DONE! 

Especially when you are taking pictures from deviantart. A lot of artist add such information to their image description. If you are to lazy to copy + paste: USE THE GODDAMN SHARE BUTTON! Then at least the right source will appear directly on you tumblr, linking back to deviantart.

Mother fucking art thieves >_<

Please keep in mind: A lot of artist on the internet do it for the recognition only! If you re-upload their pictures without source, you steal them the only “payment” they get :/


I’m so done with reposters. I’ve been to the naruto tag and i’ve seen so many art or edits posted without a proper source. This makes me really angry.

Sourcing isn’t a hard process. In this tutorial i’ll give you the steps to properly source art from  deviantart and art without source.

First of all, if you find a picture without a source i’ll recommend to go to the following site: 

Here you can find the link: (x)

Upload the art and press “get sauce” The website will give you possible sources. Check all of them, and if you still can’t find the proper source go to:

Yup, If you go to the pictures section, google also allows to upload the picture. If you still can’t find the source, don’t post the art. Simple as that.

If you did find the source follow the following steps:

-Copy the URL of the artist.

Press that button and this will pop:

And as it says the picture, paste the source there. Then save the post and post it.

Now moving on with deviantart:

Deviantart sourcing process is way easier:

Press the share button with the tumblr logo, after that this will pop out:

You can even add descripton, and look deviantart does all the work for you. Press publish post and then add the tags you wish in your tumblr. See? It’s really easy.

If you have any question feel free to ask. I hope this helped!

Why should I source? Artists should be happy I'm liking what they do ...

Yes you can do it. Source

Because you know what? Any other way is stealing. Do you know about copyrights? Do you even know about the respect of an artist’s work? Did you try to figure out how many hours they tried, re-started and drawed their arts? Posting their arts isn’t going to promote them and that’s not a new. That’s using it without permission. Source it and you’ll be very welcomed and you’ll even get notes, wow.