There are a few things I hope to make definitively clear in response to this so I don’t have respond to these kind of faceless crocodile tears again.
One: I do not troll tumblr with the express purpose of taking images from people who have posted them first, for me, at least, this is not a race for the prize, but an outlet to express the things that inform my sensibilities as a creator. I am always conscious and aware of the fact that copyrights are something that I am not wholly honoring, in a strict legal sense, and the entirety of tumblr is essentially made up of this discrepancy… people self-actualizing their own personal mixtape or editing their own magazine if you will, but, when I first started tumblr, my goal, effectively, was to source my content.
What has annoyed me about tumblr as a medium, and to a certain extent still does, is that people claim others’ artistry as their own. That by posting the work of others, you somehow lay claim to their work and to that I say, get real.
I have had some lively debate with actual copyright holders and have been humbled by their flexibility regarding their work. I have also been grateful for their understanding in regards to my sheer indifference, if not quiet contempt, for any semblance of honoring their copyright and have made adjustments, if requested, on their behalf.
Which, two, brings me to my hopefully all encompassing point that I do not, willy nilly, take from people on tumblr, and that, for the most part, tumblr is a beautifully democratic platform where people can express themselves creatively, either through works of their own, or of others. (Obvious statement alert.)
My process is fairly calculated, I generally queue up everything I can before the week starts and make adjustments throughout the week accordingly, because, from a time management perspective, that’s all I can manage. I do search tags, but ultimately find it to be an inefficient way of finding what I am distinctively searching out — and I mostly get to the point by searching google images, which is a must faster and efficient way of going about it (and also includes tumblr in the mix). This is what I do because, as a human being with a life, I cannot keep track of what people are posting on the 170 million plus blogs on tumblr.
I can understand your frustration, there are many things I post, even have scanned in, that are taken by other blogs — there are even blogs out there that explicitly do not reblog — but we need to be honest about what we are doing here, which is effectively stealing from other people and repurposing their work through our contextual gaze. You should be happy that we share similar interests, not that I am gaining notes on something that I was completely unaware, that you, faceless person, posted. (Whatever it was??)
As someone who posts their own work, there is something liberating in freely showcasing what you do, unimcumbered by whether it’s profitable or even definitively attributed to you, but, in doing this I am also freeing myself to the same sort of repurposing that I clearly engage in — ultimately though, it’s par for the course.
I do encourage you, or anyone else, to air your grievances in regards to this sort of thing — but to do so anonymously gives me literally no contextual understanding to your plight — I hope too that you realize that none of this is yours, or even mine, but hopefully, collectively, somehow, it is.
Hungover and out.