Sorry for the rant, but COME ON
The fact that people are STILL giving you grief about this is completely insane. Your watermark has to be the least obtrusive, tiniest little thing we’ve ever seen, and unlike certain photo sites whose watermarks are huge and…
I think what upsets me more is discovering that now people are going to my friends, like PJ, OUTSIDE OF TUMBLR, to complain about my watermarks and declare that it’s “too much work” to give me credit (after, btw, taking the time to remove the watermark which would have given me credit with zero additional work on their part…). I don’t like having my friends dragged into this kind of ridiculous bullshit whining. You guys have enough on your plates (I include you in this because I know you’ve defended me on Tumblr as well) without having to field complaints from FB groups who base their posts around my archive.
Can I jump in on this discussion? I would really love to know what reasons they’re giving for their bitching. Are they upset because you’re putting a tiny logo and they don’t want it on their printouts or because it’s not your “original work” or you don’t own the copyright? Media outlets like AP and individual photographers use those over the face watermarks to keep people from printing/reusing the photo for their own benefit without paying, so I hope they’re not trying to use the “it’s not your photo” argument for something they’re trying to print or put on their site. Or is it because they can’t pretend they scouted out the photo when they post it elsewhere? Because uh,hey hypocrites that’s kinda why she’s putting that little mark there .Leaving it alone says hey friend, thanks for taking the time out of your life to give us a high rez scan of a rare image we wouldn’t get to see and drool over otherwise?
I feel like I contributed some things to this fandom.
1. Art, specifically of the smutty kind with some notable exceptions
2. High quality scans of Monkees comics that I scanned.
3. High quality scans of Monkees Sheet Music that I scanned.
4. Introducing Peter Tork’s Dress Sexy for Me to the tumblr fandom.
Now for the first one I didn’t bother watermarking because, hey, I thought I didn’t have to. Boy was I wrong. My non slash art has been used on for profit websites and flat out stolen and put in another people’s deviant art galleries. Ouch.
The comics are out of print and hard to find. If they were recollected by the copyright holder and sold I would take them down, but until then as an archivist i want people to have access to them. I think educational materials like sheet music should be free. Would I like that little acknowledgement for scanning them? Sure. Why didn’t I bother watermarking? Because after over a decade of watching people like PJ and GTM and other dedicated archivists get shit on for making the effort, it never seemed worth the time .Even so, I stand in support with those who do. I find this to be the equivalent of bitching at a library for putting bar code identifier on the spines/insides of books. They’re sharing a free resource and asking you to care for it like they do while you’re using it, and you’re ripping that identifier off before you put it on your shelf so your buddies don’t know you stole it.
//discombobulated rant over.