Like most tumblr artists, I have a huge issue with reposting art. Reposting, if you don’t already know, means just uploading the image from your own dash and making it into a new post, making your blog the source of the post. This is not acceptable in any way! Just recently I’ve had so many instances where people just take my art in general or WYDPAW (Walking your dog in a post-apocalyptic world) images and repost them.
Why is this harmful? It’s because you are directly impacting the traffic the owner of said content, and I am especially upset in the case of WYDPAW because I want all the sources to direct back to the actual graphic novel so people can follow! Like most creators of online comics or graphic novels, I put a lot of effort into this thing I’m working on and want it to have as much exposure as possible through my own original source. It doesn’t make it any more justified or legal if you add credit in the tags or in the post “by [this and this]”. However reblogging is a legit method on tumblr to give exposure to something you like and adhere to the community guidelines.
What severely pisses me off when artists have tumblrs and have posted clearly on their tumblr and deviantArt [LIKE ME] that you are not allowed to repost their art!
Secondly, its much EASIER to just go to this artist’s clearly linked tumblr and REBLOG instead of going through the bother of saving the image, editing the description and posting it. It’s upsetting and hurtful. If you claim to love these people’s art and want to ‘give them exposure’, reblog, don’t repost.