This whole reblogging thing is so stupid.
People only deserve credit for posting something if it’s original content. If you didn’t go out and create something, but you post it in your blog, you don’t deserve anything for it. The reason we’re supposed to be posting things here is because we find them beautiful and meaningful and important and we want to share them. So just because a person took the time to copy a URL (omg 2 seconds!) and paste it in the Image section of Tumblr’s dashboard, does not earn anything.
Guess what? When you upload a photo to Tumblr, Tumblr hosts it for you FOR FREE. They don’t charge you for all the photo uploading you are doing. This is not webspace you pay for— it’s webspace that is paid for by other people. And you are using their dime to host photos that are under the copyright of other people.
Yeah, that’s right. Now, I’m not Copyright Expert, especially not in American Copyright Law, but I have to say that posting the photo of a photographer, without giving him or her credit for his or her work, and then whining when someone reblogs that photo without giving you credit for posting it, constitutes a violation of American Copyright Law.
Let’s not forget Tumblr’s Content Policy, which states:
Copyright. Using copyrighted material does not constitute infringement in all cases. In general, however, users should be careful when using copyrighted content without the permission of those who created it. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).
Huh. So you mean that sometimes when you post something it might infringe someone’s copyright, and therefore you should be careful? What do we think careful means? I’d hazard a guess that crediting the photographer, or at least the source material you found, would suffice. I’d also hazard a guess that bitching and moaning when someone reblogs what you posted without credit in the first place is not being careful. One day, certain Tumblrs are going to post a photo that is someone’s original content who follows them. And then they’re going to be in for a world of pain. It’ll happen, and I’ll bide my time.
Anyway, it doesn’t even matter. Really. It’s not that important.
I blog for myself. I don’t blog for anyone else. I’ll continue to blog for myself and I’ll continue to post content that is both original and unoriginal. I don’t care if people credit me. You know why? Because anyone who really cares who the original poster is can find out by clicking “# Notes” at the top of any post in the Dashboard. So Tumblr has already built in a feature that gives credit to the Original Poster without having to include the “via” that makes one’s Tumblr look so cluttered.
I will give credit to original content. I will not give credit to reblogs of unoriginal stuff unless I feel like it. And sometimes I do feel like it. Sometimes I’m glad a user posted something and I leave in the via because I think people should be following that user. But people like Kari-Shma, who post tons of stuff, have hundreds of followers, and are regularly featured on the Explore page, don’t really need more publicity.
To be honest, the only reason I keep following her, after this whole reblogging dramarama she created, is because she posts nice pictures of trains and things once in a while. There’s no human connection there, as there is with other Tumblrs who I do follow— the ones who generate their own original content. Those are the most satisfying Tumblrs to read, and the ones that I’ll keep reblogging and crediting where credit is due.
That’s all for now. Reblog this. But remove the via, just because you can (and should!).
well. Can’t say I disagree. What say you tumblrs?
Amen. Can’t take credit for something you haven’t created yourself. Now, the photographers and graphic designers, they can bitch and whine.
Late in the game, LeBron hooked Kevin Durant and picked his pocket. He went down on a breakaway and was going to lay the ball up. He changed his mind in mid-air and ended up with a creative-looking dunk. The reason why? “I didn’t want to get booed,” he said. Anyway, after the play he went down the sideline and tapped Durant’s mother, Wanda, on the leg and gave her a smile. He got two points for the Cavs, made the opposing crowd happy and said he was sorry to the guy the stole the ball from’s mom. All in about five seconds.