Please don’t steal photos…
Just don’t. Okay? Professional (and even amateur) concert photographers know Tumblr exists and scan it for their work on a regular basis, and will send copyright complaints to Tumblr to have their photos removed. They aren’t singling people out and being mean to them, they aren’t stomping on fan spirit, they’re running a business, and protecting their copyrights, and deserve to be treated with respect. Without their work, you wouldn’t be sitting there enjoying that incredible photo of Davey Havok from a concert half way around the world from you. It’s not hard to just ASK first before you post something someone else created, use Creative Commons licenses or press images, or post your own photos and art.
Per the ask/message we received today, we are asked to remind our readers that if a Flickr photo says “All Rights Reserved” on it’s page, DON’T POST IT without asking the photographer’s permission FIRST, even if Tumblr’s app makes it possible to do so.
(The above photo was published here legally under a Creative Commons License 11 months ago. The photographer has since turned his entire account to All Rights Reserved due to disrespectful photo theft, including Tumblr sites cropping his watermark off the images. This is a loss to everyone, as he has some beautiful images we COULD have shared with you, and now cannot.)
All of this. ^^^^
Plus, if a Flickr photo says “Some Rights Reserved” then CLICK ON THAT TEXT and it’ll show you what kind of Creative Commons License it uses that will allow you to post the image on Tumblr legally. Normally, it requires a credit, link back, and mention of the license terms (like the photo above.)
It takes about 5 seconds to check for a CCL, and only a few more to drop the photographer a note asking permission if you don’t see one. What’s so hard about that?
“STARTING DRAMA” AND 5 COPYRIGHT FACTS EVERY BLOGGER SHOULD KNOW
I was looking for original content to reblog on a fan site I maintain and stumbled on a fairly new fan site for the same band with this disclaimer posted on the main page:
“Now I will say this here and only ONE time.
I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURES/QUOTES/INTERVIEWS/VIDEOS that I am posting on this account, I did not take them and ALL credit goes to the people who made them in the first place. If you see something on here of yours and want credit to be given then it will be given if you give me your information for that particular post, but please do not start drama over anything posted here.”
I’ve said this before, and I know a lot of people will just blow it off but it obviously needs to be said again.
Professional photographers aren’t going to contact you asking you to please credit their photos, they’re just going to report you to Tumblr for copyright infringement.
Giving people “credit” or posting a meaningless disclaimer saying you don’t own these photos doesn’t make it legal to use them.
Copyright means the owner of the images has all the rights to choose where to allow them to be published. You don’t have any rights to use them unless s/he specifically gives you permission to use them. With professional photographers, permission normally involves paying them a licensing fee, which you are guilty of ripping them off for when you use their images illicitly.
I’m not telling anyone this to “start drama”, I’m giving everyone a heads up that if you’re collecting photos from other sites and reposting them you’re inevitably going to have complaints filed against you for stealing images, just like all the other Tumblr sites have complaints filed against when they steal images… and the “stealing” part is that you used them without licensing/permission.
I work as a professional photographer and know dozens of other professional/semi-pro photographers (and a few of the most prolific fan photogs) in person or from interacting online, and the number who don’t object to people on Tumblr casually reposting their work without permission can be counted on one hand.
(The blog I found the above disclaimer on even has images taken by photogs at the image agency I shoot for, which are marked across the middle with a copyright notice stating “Not for reproduction.” At a certain point people need to start stepping up and taking responsibility for their own actions, and not blame other people for “starting drama” when they’re the ones who are in reality violating laws.)