so I was perusing the bohemea and dmca tags. And these are the impressions that I got—
- If you post any pic that you did not take yourself — whether it’s from a photoshoot, Wire Images or Getty Images pictures (without the watermarks using the website trick), someone’s landscape picture of the English countryside — that’s technically illegal.
- Editing/altering pics the you didn’t take yourself — ex. converting those pics of RDJ from the GQ photoshoot into B&W images, unless you’re Peggy Sirota (that photoshoot’s photographer) — is technically illegal.
- If you scan magazines and post them, that’s technically illegal.
- If you quote the entire article and post it, that’s technically illegal.
- If you upload music from your hard drive when it’s not your music (i.e., you didn’t write it, didn’t perform it) and you post it to share, that’s technically illegal.
- Ditto for videos.
- If you post someone else’s Instagram/Twitter/Flickr/etc. pics on your blog, that’s technically illegal. It seems small fry, yes, especially reposting Instagram and Twitter pics. But if they really want to, the person who took the pic can file a complaint against you.
- If you post someone else’s art/fiction, or fanfiction/fanart, that’s technically illegal. That’s obvious.
- If you post your own fanart or fanfiction, it’s technically illegal in the strictest interpretation (i.e., they’re not your characters and all that stuff) but is generally allowed.
- Same with gifs/screencaps. Like, if you make gifs and/or take screencaps of a film, show, etc., it seems technically illegal, BUT …I really doubt the likes of Warner Bros., Marvel Studios, and other big studios would individually target you to stop talking about their films. It’s essentially free press. So technically illegal in the strictest sense, but likely allowed.
The operative word here is post, not reblog.
You pretty much escape blame and detection if you’re merely reblogging others. The heat falls on the person who posts the thing — the original poster — and everybody reblogs from him/her.
This is regardless whether you provide sources or not. It’s all about permission; crediting/sourcing is secondary.
Places like Instagram, WeHeartIt, and Pinterest are notorious for this, too. Hell, Pinterest’s founder actually deleted his blog (!) because of copyright infringement. EDIT: It’s actually not deleted. Buzzfeed lied to me.
So there ya go. Everything’s illegal, I guess.
Wait, the true operative word here is technically. Everything is technically illegal.