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1 week ago24 notes
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2 weeks ago24 notes

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Stop reposting art from Japanese artists

ngc1705:

and stop reblogging reposted art from Japanese artists. Stop spreading it around. This gives reposters (as well as regular fans) the impression that reposting art is acceptable. It’s not. It’s harmful to both the original artist and the fanbase.

First off, it’s against pixiv’s terms of service (Act 13, article 2). If you can’t read Japanese, a simple run through Google translate will do the work. It’s also right at the top of the help page in English. Because it’s literally only Western fans who do this.
Outside of pixiv, on their private websites, most Japanese artists say clearly in English to not repost their work. This screenshot is just one example of many. I don’t want to link to some actual websites for obvious reasons.

Fanart— especially nsfw/R18 fanart— is on shaky legal ground in Japan. Copyright holders are generally willing to turn a blind eye to private websites and pixiv, but are not always able to if a certain fanart gets spread around too much. 
The most common example is how popular fanart makes its way to unofficial bootleg merch. You see it all the time at anime cons, where fanart gets mass-produced for profit and promoted as official merch. The original fanartists can get sued (or otherwise punished) for stuff like this, despite not having anything to do with it. Many fanartists are also professional manga artists, and they run the risk of losing their job due to copyright issues and out of fear for their publisher’s reputation.

But even besides legal issues, it’s plainly disrespectful. 

Art you find on the internet does not belong to you. You have no right to take and edit and redistribute someone else’s work.

Common excuses I see are:

  • "But I always source!!!"
    GREAT… BUT YOU’RE STILL REPOSTING ART WITHOUT PERMISSION. Crediting the artist doesn’t suddenly make it alright to do whatever you want with their work.
  • "I can’t speak Japanese so I can’t ask permission!!"
    There’s Google translate and many websites that offer Japanese lessons. Language barriers should not be a problem.
  • "They put it online, so it’s their fault it’s getting stolen/edited."
    Nice victim-blaming. Artists put their stuff online for their own enjoyment, not for other people to do with it as they please. Artists have deleted entire galleries because of this. Artists have even stopped drawing completely because of this.

…There is no excuse for being disrespectful. Stop trying to defend your rude behaviour and instead just respect artists.

If you absolutely must repost art, this blog has a lot of tutorials for non-Japanese speakers on how to ask for permission.

This is directed toward people who reblog reposted art just as much as it is toward reposters. When you reblog reposted art, you are perpetuating the problem. If you absolutely must reblog reposted art, don’t reblog it unless it clearly says that it was reposted with permission!! Not to mention the fact that many pixiv artists also have blogs on tumblr if you cared to look.

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pikacheeka:

Right on the Pixiv help page.

Most Pixiv artists do not say “Do not repost without permission” on their profile because it is in the rules to begin with and they don’t feel it needs to be said again. You can’t use that as an excuse to steal art.

Do not ever repost art without the artist’s explicit permission. Don’t reblog it either, as you’re only making the situation worse for the artist.

2 weeks ago80 notes

I don’t remember what I have and haven’t posted here anymore. …Oh well. Style meme for Twitter. TL is in the original style, TR is good looking, BL is cute, and BR is chibi.

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raspomme:

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juricha:

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zeirchele:

Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their…

I’m going to be deviating a little bit from this so I apologize in advance.

"Not everything has to be in one place" is extremely important. If you can enjoy an artist’s work in an environment that makes them feel safe, please do that.

I’ve noticed a trend lately amongst my Japanese artist friends pixivs where instead of writing “please do not reprint my work” it has become “please stop asking me for permission”.

Many of them have voiced their concerns over English speakers asking to use their art and they have asked if “there’s some sort of master website saying if you send this copypasta everything will be fine”.

Now imagine getting in your ask box 15 exact same messages coming from different people asking if they can use your fic on their own blog, outside of your comfort zone because you can’t take it down after someone uses it. It’s creepy!!!!

Asking for permission is great but there are bigger repercussions than you think when everyone suddenly thinks it’ll be ok as long as you provide credit.

You can run a fandom blog without fanart you took from someone else. Like other people have mentioned, reblog from artists who have tumblr! Link to their pixiv (without art)!

Use the tweet or like function on the actual artwork on pixiv and share it or just retweet their work on twitter! One of the artists I follow tweeted a few days ago that she sometimes sees non-Japanese people share her work from pixiv (via tweet function) and how glad it makes her and this is a feeling that I think we can all understand.

I get really sad when I see my Japanese friends fret over how to say no to a person who has asked for permission so many times that they feel both afraid and frustrated but no longer know how to say no since they have already said yes once.

You can enjoy their work and share it without putting it on your blog and many artists would love and appreciate that you do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

I apologize for hijacking this post further, but as the person responsible for helping many permissions messages happen on pixiv, I feel obligated to chime in.

I, too, have corresponded with a pixiv artist who feels disconcerted with the flood of permissions messages, and apparently, so do many of her friends. The template by itself is impersonal, cold, and has no heart. “Even a simple message in English showing appreciation for the work would be better,” the aforementioned pixiv artist told me.

The problem is only made worse when careless tumblr users, desperate to send as many messages to pixiv users as possible, fail to fill in the blanks correctly, resulting in messages like “Dear ____, I’d like to use your art…” This is one of the swiftest ways to show how insincere you are.

Reprinting is not a contest for notes, neither is it a popularity campaign. Sure, that person might reprint before you do. Whatever. Reblog from them and find other art maybe from an underappreciated artist, or just look around you and reblog art from tumblr artists, or buckle down and draw and draw and draw until you feel like you have achieved art of suitable caliber. And then imagine how it feels to be swarmed by users, all with blank pixiv pages, asking in monotone unison to show off your baby for you. Their feelings are understandable, but it’s creepy, nonetheless.

So, what can you do? If you know an inkling of Japanese, try to write your own message. pixiv users aren’t businesspeople, you know. Compliment them. Include cute kaomoji. Write what you think about their art, in English or Japanese or whatever you can manage. Show that you’re reprinting their art because you like their art, not because you want notes.

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bossies:

juricha:

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zeirchele:

Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their…

I’m going to be deviating a little bit from this so I apologize in advance.

"Not everything has to be in one place" is extremely important. If you can enjoy an artist’s work in an environment that makes them feel safe, please do that.

I’ve noticed a trend lately amongst my Japanese artist friends pixivs where instead of writing “please do not reprint my work” it has become “please stop asking me for permission”.

Many of them have voiced their concerns over English speakers asking to use their art and they have asked if “there’s some sort of master website saying if you send this copypasta everything will be fine”.

Now imagine getting in your ask box 15 exact same messages coming from different people asking if they can use your fic on their own blog, outside of your comfort zone because you can’t take it down after someone uses it. It’s creepy!!!!

Asking for permission is great but there are bigger repercussions than you think when everyone suddenly thinks it’ll be ok as long as you provide credit.

You can run a fandom blog without fanart you took from someone else. Like other people have mentioned, reblog from artists who have tumblr! Link to their pixiv (without art)!

Use the tweet or like function on the actual artwork on pixiv and share it or just retweet their work on twitter! One of the artists I follow tweeted a few days ago that she sometimes sees non-Japanese people share her work from pixiv (via tweet function) and how glad it makes her and this is a feeling that I think we can all understand.

I get really sad when I see my Japanese friends fret over how to say no to a person who has asked for permission so many times that they feel both afraid and frustrated but no longer know how to say no since they have already said yes once.

You can enjoy their work and share it without putting it on your blog and many artists would love and appreciate that you do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, thank you Lawn!!

I know I was saying ask for permission earlier but this is really valid too! Sharing by linking is really appreciated! And it’s not like people don’t link to things off Tumblr anyway, can people not do the same with Pixiv art?
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juricha:

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zeirchele:

Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their websites/Pixiv asking you (in English) to please not do it.

And if you still repost their artwork on Tumblr despite this, that’s no longer ignorance, it’s indifference. How can you claim to love an artist’s work and yet so blatantly and intentionally disrespect their wishes like that? I don’t understand.

People wonder why so many artists start removing their artwork/locking their Twitter accounts/deactivating their Pixivs… often, this is the reason why. Not everything has to be in one place, guys. Please stop reposting art that isn’t yours. And those of you who aren’t, please stop reblogging those posts. You are not helping the matter at all.

*ALSO, for anyone who reposts art and then adds, “permission was granted by the artist”… show me proof. Screencap it or link to the tweet or something! Any idiot can paste that on a post; that doesn’t make it true.

I run two fandom/character blogs and I NEVER post unsourced art. If I don’t know the original artist, I don’t post the piece. I understand the issue, but it would be very hard to make a fandom-related accounts on all the sites and keep it consistent and up-to-date. Besides, We Heart It and the likes of it are EVEN WORSE THAN TUMBLR.

You’re missing my point. It’s not about the credit; it’s the principle of the matter. Reposting artwork without asking the artist’s permission and/or against their wishes is simply disrespectful. Saying places like We Heart It are worse doesn’t absolve Tumblr of any blame for doing the exact same thing. Have you ever clicked on the source of a fanart reposted on Tumblr and found that the artist has either taken the piece down or completely deactivated their Pixiv account? It’s often because of the blatant disrespect shown to them by people on Tumblr.

The fact that Tumblr isn’t the only place that does this doesn’t change the fact that by continuing to do so, Tumblr is only making things worse. Actually, I think Tumblr is worse because so many of you guys know that artists don’t like it and do it anyway. Like I said before, that’s not ignorance anymore, that’s indifference. Sure, maybe you don’t repost the art yourself, but by reblogging the image—sourced or not—you’re only contributing to the problem.

A lot of Japanese artists have this written on their profiles in English:
Please ask me first before reprinting my illustration
If you see that, they’re often open to requests! They just want the courtesy of you asking first. If you see this instead though:
Reprinting of my illustration is strictly prohibited
Just stop. Stop right there. Don’t repost it, don’t reblog it, don’t anything it. If you want to share your love of an artist, post a link! “I love this artist’s artwork so much! This is their Pixiv! Please go look at their other work!” or something. That sort of thing is much more appreciated than unauthorized reposting of their artwork!

And look, I’m not new to Tumblr. There are a lot of people on Tumblr who create a lot of original content. There are TONS of fanartists on Tumblr! Reblog from them to run your fan blog! By saying “it’s really hard to run a fan blog without reposting artwork” you’re really just saying “I don’t care about the wishes of the people who create the content I am posting.” It’s like you want to piss them off enough so that they stop sharing their content completely…??? Hello??? This sort of attitude is really Not Appreciated by the people who draw the stuff you like to see so much!

LOOK, to put it in terms that the English speaking side of Tumblr will hopefully understand: how would you feel if people started reposting fanfics from FFnet/AO3? SURE, I could ask you—it’s not like I don’t speak English—but I won’t, because you might say no. Anyway, I did give you credit so everything is good now. It doesn’t matter that you’d rather be able to track the reviews and critique and views and favorites where you can access it freely! And it’s not like anyone else would have found your fic anyway, so actually I’m doing you a favor by sharing it with everyone else! Oh, you don’t want your fic on my blog? Well too bad, I want your fic on my blog. Not only that, but you put it on the Internet, so what do you expect?

OH, and this might be surprising to some people, but um…Japanese artists know Tumblr exists. A lot of them have Tumblrs of their own. And post their art here. If they wanted their art on Tumblr, don’t you think they’d oh, I don’t know, post it on Tumblr? Go find them. Reblog from them. But you know, even if they don’t specify whether they have a Tumblr or not, it’s only common courtesy to ask first. “Hello, I love your artwork so much and wanted to share it. Is it okay to post it on Tumblr?” There are online translation sources for you to turn that into Japanese! It might not be perfect, but Japanese artists will generally appreciate you trying. If they say no, then it’s a no. But if they say yes, then great, you have the okay! Just make sure you provide proof; like a link to a screencap or a tweet or something! Like I said originally, any idiot can slap “※ Permission to upload this was given by the artist” onto a post but that doesn’t make it true.

I know that ranting like this probably won’t change all that much especially with the sheer amount of self-entitlement displayed by Tumblr Users Everywhere, but just think about it. THINK ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT. Doesn’t it make you sad when those artists deactivate their Pixiv accounts, or lock their Twitter accounts when they used to be public? Maybe if people respected them a bit more they wouldn’t feel the need to do things like that.

ALSO, as kasuminnz mentioned, it’s not like you can’t get a Pixiv account? You can view the website in English now so it’s not like you have a language barrier preventing you from doing so! Bookmark the art that you love! Don’t repost it to Tumblr!

TL;DR Just because other people repost/reblog it too doesn’t make it okay… If you know, I’d hope you’d actively stop trying to contribute to the problem.

(Note: I use Japanese artists as the primary example because Tumblr most commonly reposts Japanese fanart but this applies to art in general. How about this rule: if you didn’t draw it and if the artist didn’t say you could post it, don’t post it.)
3 weeks ago914 notes

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Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their websites/Pixiv asking you (in English) to please not do it.

And if you still repost their artwork on Tumblr despite this, that’s no longer ignorance, it’s indifference. How can you claim to love an artist’s work and yet so blatantly and intentionally disrespect their wishes like that? I don’t understand.

People wonder why so many artists start removing their artwork/locking their Twitter accounts/deactivating their Pixivs… often, this is the reason why. Not everything has to be in one place, guys. Please stop reposting art that isn’t yours. And those of you who aren’t, please stop reblogging those posts. You are not helping the matter at all.

*ALSO, for anyone who reposts art and then adds, “permission was granted by the artist”… show me proof. Screencap it or link to the tweet or something! Any idiot can paste that on a post; that doesn’t make it true.

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