I noticed the following in my tumblr feed this morning, and I must say I agree with the sentiment. I do notice a high volume of tumblr posts, nearly always image re-posts from other people’s blogs, that lack any form of attribution whatsoever. I think it is in part to do with the reblogging process, as the post below notes: it is easier and faster to click in appreciation than to pause to check for attributes. Another thing that tends to happen is that when artists’ details are placed in tags (as opposed to in the original post), the reblogging machinery seems to remove said tags (certainly the tags that the original poster attached to this have been erased here). I’m pretty certain that there is no malicious intent here: things get lost between iterations, as people enthusiastically pass around their latest discovery. The problem arises not from those engaged in this activity, but in what happens to a piece of work after it leaves its attributed moorings: the unscrupulous (or unwitting) image hunter could very easily find a piece of work by somebody else and give it a whole new lease of life somewhere else (for profit or otherwise) unbeknownst to its original creator.
What’s so hard about crediting an artist for their work? Why do I keep seeing so many pieces of art without some kind of MEMO underneath, some kind of consideration for the creator of your 3 second moment of “Whoa, that’s cool”.
CREDIT THE ARTIST. That 15 seconds of effort on your part is kind of like a “thank you” towards the artist for creating that piece. Does that make sense?
Please pass around if you are as aggravated about this “phenomena” as I am.