i saw a post on facebook asking this thing :
do you prefer people liking your post because they know it IS yours
people enjoying your works a lot, even without knowing it is yours? (assuming they won’t be interested ini googling your works into saucenao or reverse google image or etc)
unpopular opinion, i choose the second. Don’t get me wrong, i am an artist too. It took me more than 10 years to achieve this current result and currently i spent more than half a day to create a good piece of art (even maybe you won’t call it good lol). My works maybe not good enough to be debated when someone stole it, but let me speak what’s on my mind.
First, someone ever stole fanart of mine, and they put it on their facebook page without giving any credit (and sadly, i forgot to put my signature on it ok). My friend told me about it and i’m quite pissed about this. Not to mention the one who steal it is a facebook page that speaks language that i didn’t know, it is not english or bahasa.
Next thing, i accidentally came across someone that reposted my DW fanart without source, but i think they kind enough to keep my signature. For some reason i am not pissed this time and enjoying kind comments from another fans. In the end, i didn’t ask them to take it down.
Then i remember the exact reason why i created them. I wanted other people know my feelings, my ideas, and other things. As long as they’re happy with my arts, so do i. No need to know me or be friend with me. I draw because i want to be happy, is that wrong to give this feeling to other people?
Remember your goal; you want the audience know YOUR IDEAS, not YOUR IDENTITY.
I admired someone that i met on entrepreneur event, and he said that don’t be scared to express your idea because you’re scared someone will stole it. No ideas are genuine and purely from your head, you will always be inspired by something. If you can think something like that, there must be someone that can think exactly the same with you in faraway place. Besides, if you keep it yourself and you couldn’t do anything with it, that ideas will die inside you.
TL;DR i am ok with reposting art (exclusively for mine) but i didn’t say if editing or removing signature from someone’s art without permission is acceptable ok.