A while ago I started a small campaign, trying to educate admins and public page owners of Facebook fan pages to credit their sources
. Meaning: When an image is uploaded that you state where it came from and credit the artists. I see it happening every day and I do my best to let pages know how I feel about this issue. Because I see it as an issue. Not crediting someone for their hard work or simply saying "credit to artist" is just not good enough. I'm very sorry.
As artists/designers/photographers/writers/cosplayers, how do you feel about people crediting you? How do you react when you see your work uploaded and your name is nowhere to be found? Facebook almost broke in half when I said how I felt about this and I'm saying this again: Credit your sources, if you can't find a source you're just plain lazy because a quick google image reverse search almost always bares results. Quality over quantity.
Then there's also the argument of "if you put yourself and your work out there on the internet, it's bound to happen"
. Bullshit, what happened to basic human decency? Do we instantly turn into beasts when we log onto the internet and forget everything that is morally correct? I'm starting to think so, yes. Some page admins even responded to me saying: "Stop being a crappy person and rather thank us for making the pages and posting the content. We take the time out of our schedules to do you a favor"
. Again, Bullshit. If you can take the time to upload the content, you will surely have the time to do a quick source search.
People get angry at me when I point out that they are practically stealing work, yes, stealing. Because uploading something to your fan page and not crediting an artist/writer/photographer/cosplayer or even blogger, you are claiming that the work is your intellectual property. And in the creative world, this causes lawsuits on a daily basis.
But lawsuits aside, think of the creator: The invisible face on the other side of the internet who took their time, their skill and imagination to come up with that cool shit you're uploading. How the heck do YOU think they feel?Tell me how you feel, creatives.
Some will be happy to just see "credit to the artists", I'm sure. But to me that's just like stealing someone's identity and saying "credit to this face"
Here's a nice little article on why it is so important to credit your sources on Facebook: www.writeontrack.ie/facebook-2…
And here's my campaign: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…
Spread the word if you are tired of bullshit!