You know what really grinds my gears? Reposting.
This has never actually happened to me personally but I see it happening all the time. Somebody shares an artist’s work on their own page without permission from the artist.
Or someone reposts an artist’s cover of a song on their Facebook page with a cheeky “CTTO” (aka Credit to the Owner) as the caption.
Or someone takes an artist’s photos or illustrations from their site, crops out the logo or watermark to pass it off as their own.
It’s annoying because the artist worked hard on their piece and when someone reposts it without permission or sourcing (at the very least), they aren’t getting the attention or the credit they deserve. Someone else gets the views. They get the credit without any of the hard work. This is theft and it does not help your favorite artists in any way.
I’m not going to discuss the in-depth details about copyright and intellectual property and all the technicalities of public domain etc etc etc. because I’m not in any way an expert in that. Instead, I’d like to share three ways on how you can support your favorite artists for free!
I know a lot of you want to buy all the things to support your faves but don’t have the coin to do so. Take these three tips and your favorite artists will appreciate it.
1. Share, but don’t Repost
Taking the art/video/music/etc and reposting it without a source on your page does not help the artist/creator. All it does is bring awareness of the thing but not where the thing comes from. Instead of reposting, share the artist’s original post with a link to the source. That way, other people who see it can go to their page/site for a deeper look.
ALSO! CTTO without a source is like leaving a store saying “I GOT IT FROM SOMEWHERE” without paying for the thing. Basically, it’s theft. Don’t do it, fam.
2. Comment on their posts and share them.
Artists and creators appreciate the likes on something they’ve shared but sometimes, it can be a little underwhelming. Constructive comments on their posts shows your faves that you took the time to genuinely appreciate the work they made. Social media reach means a lot to an artist so posting comments and sharing their original pieces really do help out a lot.
Don’t be afraid to leave a simple “good job!” or a “this is great” on things they made that you like. Every kindness counts. 😀
3. Do not alter or crop the works!
Content is hard to produce and artists work very hard to produce them. Cropping out their watermarks or signatures, editing their content – especially without permission – does not help them out in any way. It’s similar to the whole CTTO thing, don’t do it fam. It’s not going to help. Piracy is a crime!
So to summarize:
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Hope you’re having a great day and I’ll catch you in the next one.