Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub, Nov. 23, 2011.
i see a kate beaton comic strip with 30,000 notes under it, but there’s no sourcing of who drew it. in many cases i know that image had a url or copyright built right in and it’s been carefully removed, almost as if it’s crude or inappropriate to lay claim to your own work or tell people where to find more if they liked it
I think Tumblr sort of encourages the idea it’s OK to reproduce something without attribution with its reblog system. If, say, westwingwolf makes an amazing Community graphic and annie-wyatt reblogs it and can-it-boobs reblogs that reblog, it shows up on my dashboard in big bold letters that Mary reblogged Carolina, not Mindy. Mindy’s does appear at the bottom of the reblogged post, but in tiny type that you can’t even tell is a link unless you happen to mouse over it. And if the person who was reblogged happens to have a private account, you may not see the name of the content creator at all.
I won’t pretend I’m perfect in this regard. I just posted a photo from a Patch site, and while I linked to the original article, I didn’t think to credit the photographer, or the author whose work I quoted. (I’ll remedy that after I post this.) But I do try to reblog from the original post rather from another reblog (but I don’t always do that either) and if I reblog a comic that was originally posted without attribution I’ll add it if I know who did it.