tfw you report 300+ images over the weekend and people freak out and blame some third party member bc shes expressed not wanting her art reposted in the past.
Its almost like these SU instagrams went after @dement09 because they already know and hate that she’s tried to protect her work in the past, and these guys would rather bitch about it or block the artist and repost their art without them knowing than actually avoid posting it
Hi! I have an Instagram myself, and although I practice an (extremely stringent) "if-you-steal-art-I-unfollow" policy, I know that doesn't really help the stealing problem--one follower lost is probably nothing to these accounts thriving off of stolen work. Instagram doesn't seem to have an option (trust me, I've looked) for stealing other people's content. How can I report someone for taking art? (Gosh, you have no idea how much those people tick. me. off.) Thanks!
Knowing that people like you exist is honestly the ONLY thing some days that keeps me from leaving this fandom and all its art theft issues. Bless you, my comrade <3 <3 <3
3 Things You Can Do To Fight Art Theft:
1. Comment (without harassing). Many art thieves try to pretend they “don’t know” who the artist is, or that they “don’t know” reposting isn’t allowed (even when it’s written right on the image). Calling them out by posting a link to the original, tagging the artist, or even simply stating ‘this belongs to [ARTIST] and they don’t allow reposts’ is sometimes enough to get an art thief to delete a repost (to avoid copyright strikes).
2. Link the artist. Send us a link so that we can report the art as stolen. You can also make a notifying callout post (again, careful not to harass) if it’s an account that steals from a lot of artists. However, dealing with tons of people treating you and your art like dirt can get really stressful (I know it’s ruined my day more than once), so sometimes you can also…
3. …Report “on behalf of the owner”. If you know an artist absolutely doesn’t allow reposts (for example, me), you can save them tons of time and stress by filling out a copyright claim on their behalf. All you need is a link to the original (most of my stuff is in my /tagged/my-stuff tag), and to tick the box that says you’re ‘authorized to report on behalf of the copyright owner’ (actual wording varies from site to site). When making a report, it’s absolutely vital that you know for sure the image was reposted without permission. I never give permission to repost (especially on Insta, Pinterest, WeHeartIt, etc.), so any of my art you see there is stolen, and you can report it. Buttons to look for include “report”, “this doesn’t belong on ____”, “this violates my intellectual copyright/terms of service”, and sometimes “inappropriate content”.
One advantage that art thieves have over artists is that there’s only so much a single artist can report (or emotionally handle) in a single day. Art thieves take advantage of that to get away with stealing. But if we all band together, we can take stolen posts down, get repeat offenders’ accounts deleted, and make this fandom a happier, fairer place to be.
Btw, thank you SO much to my followers who always have my back, and who I always see doing these 3 things above. You guys are ANGELS and you don’t know how many times a message like this, or a comment defending my art, etc. has kept me from jumping ship (and just not posting my art online anymore). You guys are so awesome, and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. <3 <3
I remember at one of my first karate tournaments I saw these two brown belts fighting (one of which went to my dojo) and one of them fucking went to the edge of the mat and threw up and then went on to win the fucking match and now everything I do athletically will never be as badass as that
Hey guys! So I just wanted to say hello and a huge thank you to all my new followers! I realise that this is largely in response to my Voltron/avatar comics and I’m so happy that people are enjoying them.
I’m actually approaching 2000 followers! Which is really exciting for me! And I was wondering if you guys might be interested, when I hit 2000 followers, would you maybe wanna watch a live stream of me working on a comic page and maybe doing some q and a???
Let me know if that interests annnyyyyone and I’ll see if I can set it up :)
After receiving an unsolicited opinion via guest review, I would like to reiterate something for myself and all other writers. You are not required to write what other people want. If you have something you want to write, do it. Write about an unpopular time, a rare pair, whatever. Do this for yourself first and the readers second. If you put it the other way around, it stops being fun and becomes a chore. Do it for you.