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What is reposting?
It means taking a piece of fan content someone has created — be it art, photos, edits, or writing — and posting it to your own blog or on a different platform entirely.
What is (often) wrong when you repost a fanwork?
- Not asking the creator’s permission
- Not giving credit to the creator
- Manipulating the original source
- Passing the work off as your own
How to do reposting right?
- ASK the original creator first for permission. Every content creator will have a different opinion on this. Some want their content to stay on their personal blog, some like the extra exposure. Respect their wishes. If they do not want you to repost, DO NOT REPOST.
- DO NOT edit the fanwork. Don’t crop, color, make b&w, remove watermarks, add text, or combine it into a collage with other edits.
- GIVE CREDIT and LINK to the original work. This should be the first thing in your caption. If you’re lost on how to do this, here’s an easy template: “Credit to [@creator’s handle] on [platform]: [link to original post]”. Always link to the POST and not just to their account. Don’t bury the credit behind a quote or a read more.
Are there any legal protections against reposting?
Besides generally being a bad and uncreative thing to do, reposting other people’s content without their consent on platforms like Instagram can fall under the definition of copyright infringement. Such platforms have policies in place for tackling copyright complaints, ruled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
In simple words, a creator can find out about their work being reposted and decide to submit an official complaint. If they can prove ownership of the original work (which they usually can), the platform can take action against the reposter’s blog, up to taking down the entire account.
Lines can get blurry in fandom. We the fans do not own the original movie/show/book or its characters. But that’s no justification to repost someone else’s fanworks to your own Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram. When the fandom is small and the number of content creators is limited, there’s just no excuse to not know the original source.
Besides, if you repost the content created according to one platform’s parameters (like gifsets on Tumblr) to another platform that is not well-suited for this type of content (like Instagram), you end up with much lower quality and you do your own blog no favors.
Gifs, brightened stills, edited videos — these things don’t just come out of nowhere. Respect the time and effort of the creators and don’t steal their work to get more views and follows for yourself.
(Many thanks to @crazybee for helping put this together.)
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