LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS IS A PSA
PIXIV USERS ARE STARTING TO DELETE THEIR WORK AND HIDE IT BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STEALING IT AND NOT SOURCING IT AND OH MY GOD PLEASE SOURCE YOU SHIT. I HAVE SCROLLED DOWN SOME OF THE PAIRING TAGS WITH NO SOURCE AND IT MAKES ME WANNA DIE BECAUSE PEOPLE WORKED LONG AND HARD ON THAT ART
THAT IS ALL
Also make sure you check a user’s page/profile to make sure they don’t have something like this:
Please do not use (my) works without permission.
Or this very legal-y sounding but thorough one:
(underneath they had “Reprint is prohibited” only in English, but as you can see, they don’t want their image used anywhere in any way)
Any use of images, in all or in part, for reproduction, reprinting (this also counts as when you upload it somewhere, like your blog, that’s reprinting/duplicating/etc.), editing, distributing or selling, etc is strictly prohibited.
Look for words/phrases like 使用は禁止しております
Use is prohibited……
Actually, if you see any of these words that all mean reproduction in some way (and tumblr counts, folks):
頒布 (distribution) or 複製 (reproduction) 転載 (reprinting)
chances are it’s probably something they don’t want you to do.
I’m going to add, just because, that it’s just a good idea to link to a teeeeeensy version only if you must have it on your blog and truly just desire to share it. And even better, check their page, see if they have a tumblr. If not, ask permission before uploading any image, even with a source.
Unless like it’s like tiny thumbnail size with a link and stuff so you HAVE to go there to see anything, or just a link, that’s technically a ‘fair use’ under most circumstances (like legally, but that’s a whole other thing), though you still should ask if you can.
I guess, ask yourself, is this any bigger than Google’s (or Twitters?) thumbnail preview of this image? If yes, better ask. Even if it’s not the full size version.
That goes also for tegaki, drawr, galleria, deviantart, private blogs…. yeah. You get the idea.
Not sure how I got here, but ok. Hopefully it’s helpful.