Ok. Look, man. I understand that when we as artists upload work to Tumblr that our credits may be removed from the comments section over time. It is shitty, it is a pain for those of us who work hard on our crafts (be it photography, digital art, cosplay, sewing crafts, etc.) but this is a thing that happens. As much as it irks me I let it slide because if I rallied against every blog who deleted crediting links I wouldn’t leave Tumblr.
But THIS BLOG is willfully removing credit links and replacing them with his own. He did NOT have a hand in creating these images. I would know if he was there on my photoshoot. But he feels he can erase the credits linking myself and the photographer. THEY ARE THERE FOR A REASON. We as artists use Tumblr to share our work. We want our images to be reblogged with links to generate more traffic, new views and help lead new people back to the rest of our work. It is a networking tool.
SexyMoney thinks that WE as artists are crediting ourselves the WRONG way. So he believes it is perfectly fine to delete our links (be it to our tumblr or deviantArt accounts) and replace them with his own links. This is not right. It is not up to him to decide the right way for an artist to credit themselves. This is a terrible disrespect to those of us who created the image he is now trying to use for his own gain. He is not interested in sharing an artist’s hard work with his 28k followers. He does not want to help those people see what we have done and be able to understand who the team was and come back to our pages for more. He wants to keep his followers on his page and reblogging HIS links into Tumblr. How would any of you feel if it was your art in this situation?
I reported him to support@tumblr last night. As I understand the recent Tumblr update has included this behaviour to be against the ToS. I want those of you who follow me to consider this and please NEVER REMOVE THE LINKS added by an artist, ANY artist, when reblogging. Please reblog our work! Reblog it a thousand times! But be respectful when you do so and help us use Tumblr as a networking tool. Help our work reach larger audiences.
Hell. Please reblog THIS to show others that replacing the proper credit with your own is not acceptable and should be reported. Please!
I have also taken a vow to never reblog something that has no credit attached.