There is a page on Facebook called ‘Avatar Memes' who are continually posting UNCREDITED ART and sometimes even art that has had the SOURCE CROPPED OUT.
I have politely messaged the admins multiple times asking for them to please source the art they post. However I was met with the response that because they were “mostly getting the images off of Instagram, they couldn’t source the art. It was too hard.”
Yeah TOO HARD, my gosh, with a simple search on deviantArt or GoogleImages I found almost half of the art they had posted in no time at all. I messaged the admin about this and was told they “didn’t have time to do that, but if I wanted to find the sources I could. And that hundreds of other pages do the same thing so why am I picking on them?”
FOR FRICKS SAKE, WHY IS THIS SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. THEY’VE POSTED MY ART AS WELL, DO THEY EXPECT ME TO FIND EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO’S EVER REPOSTED MY ART WITHOUT CREDIT AND A GET THEM TO SOURCE IT MYSELF? ON TOP OF FINDING THE SOURCES OF ALL THE OTHER ART THIS PAGE HAS POSTED?!?
IT IS NOT THE ARTISTS RESPONSIBILITY TO MESSAGE THOUSANDS OF STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET AND ASK THEM TO CREDIT THEIR POSTS. IF YOU POST ART THAT IS NOT YOURS, YOU NEED TO CREDIT IT!!
Last year I went to the effort of messaging over 100 fellow artists on deviantArt and informing them about their uncredited art on this page. Despite more messages from me, and other artists, ‘Avatar Memes' continues to post uncredited and unsourced art.
Please take a moment to either message the page or report them. No, it won’t stop the “hundreds of other pages that do the same”, but at least we can try to teach some people that this is wrong and maybe they’ll spread the message.
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