I’ve stumbled upon many blogs saying that every image they use belongs to somebody else and everything they write is theirs. Did we become afraid of sharing?
I’ve only put a small disclaimer somewhere in my about section that the images I use belong to their respective owners. Those images come from all sorts of places, sometimes far beyond the original source such as Pixiv. It can be hard retracing them to the original source. I select all the images with care, because I want to share my tastes with you, the reader. Do I defy copyright this way? Not linking to the original source and creating a loss of income for the creative mind?
The answer: probably not. I have no commercial gain using those images. The rights belong to the owner and I have no ill intent by using those images. Images such as fanart cannot be copyrighted as they themselves are infringing copyright. Yes, Doujins are thriving and they aren’t taken down with pitchforks. They suit a purpose, creating publicity for a particular franchise. The creators of Doujins get a compensation from fans, as a thank you for their effort to extend the lifetime of a franchise. It’s a fair trade as Doujin creators make content out of love and ask a small price to keep doing what they like. Printing and supplies aren’t free and those who enjoy reading them, will understand.
Everything I write is what my creativity has brought forth and indeed belongs to me. But I mix it up with imagery from somebody else to make it more lively. I have no commercial intent with what I write. I do not pursue a career in writing and solely publish posts for my love of writing and sharing my enthusiasm for anime(and more) with you. Mixing the imagery with my text therefore feels appropriate and not so much wrong.
Those handy with Google can retrace the images to the original source, generating traffic to the creator and giving the ability for the viewer to discover more. Sharing is caring and violently defending copyright like media companies are doing won’t benefit anybody and goes against what the internet has made possible: sharing. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t encourage using somebody else’s content for commercial gain. But I believe in the respect and trust of fellow users that there is a way to enjoy content without being afraid of infringing someone’s copyright. Please give your take on copyright in the comment section below.