Monday, June 24th 2013

Why Bohemea.Tumblr is gone - bohemea describing her tumblr getting deleted in her own words.
"…These are the images I posted on Bohemea that resulted in the deletion of my Tumblr: http://lookbooks.com/marketplace/streeters/news/vogue-spain-may-2013

I sourced the site. I sourced that exact link. If you follow it, you’ll see that there is a “Share on Tumblr” button directly on the page. It doesn’t matter though. The DMCA notice that Tumblr received was from Vogue Spain, the copyright holder of the images, who had every right to request that Tumblr stop hosting the images. It doesn’t matter that I used the source link correctly. It doesn’t matter that the site I sourced has a “Share on Tumblr” button. It doesn’t matter that the images still exist on another site. Tumblr was told that they were in violation, Tumblr had to react, and I paid for it because technically I had no right to share the images.

The only right you have to your images are as a copyright holder, or under fair use. DMCA notices can be contested, but the process is incredibly invasive and detailed. I would have to provide all my personal information just to prove that I had a right to share images that I don’t even want to share if the copyright holder doesn’t want them shared.

So this is my quandary. 99% of my Tumblr experience has been people thanking me for promoting their work, or fans thanking me for sharing/identifying/detailing images that they hadn’t seen/knew nothing about. I am positive that I have sold multiple copies of magazines, movie tickets, DVDs, books, clothing, etc, and I have never made money from my blog, not even via ads. All I wanted to do was share beautiful images and create fans of the media I love.

This doesn’t make me exempt from copyright laws though. Just because I didn’t mean to upset Vogue Spain, or the handful of photographers I have in the past, doesn’t give me the legal right to share the images they own. It does, however, make it shitty that I was deleted because, as it has been noted many times since this happened, I was an excellent provider of photo credit and I sourced most images and most of the people whose art I shared either didn’t mind, or were grateful that I brought attention to their work.

I don’t blame Tumblr for deleting me. I didn’t pay for my space on their site; it didn’t belong to me. It hurts a lot though. Bohemea wasn’t just other people’s work, it was information, it was research, it was reactions, it contained my words, and some of my own original images, and now it’s gone. Five years of chronicling the art I consumed and the way I reacted to the art has disappeared. I feel as if my journals, pasted with inspiring images and poetic little vignettes has been taken away, and I literally have no one to blame. I was doing what many Tumblr users do, joyfully and with no ill-intent, Tumblr had every right to delete me, and copyright holders have every right to protest the un-consented sharing of their images.”
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE, it’s quite the story.

Why Bohemea.Tumblr is gone - bohemea describing her tumblr getting deleted in her own words.

"…These are the images I posted on Bohemea that resulted in the deletion of my Tumblr: http://lookbooks.com/marketplace/streeters/news/vogue-spain-may-2013

I sourced the site. I sourced that exact link. If you follow it, you’ll see that there is a “Share on Tumblr” button directly on the page. It doesn’t matter though. The DMCA notice that Tumblr received was from Vogue Spain, the copyright holder of the images, who had every right to request that Tumblr stop hosting the images. It doesn’t matter that I used the source link correctly. It doesn’t matter that the site I sourced has a “Share on Tumblr” button. It doesn’t matter that the images still exist on another site. Tumblr was told that they were in violation, Tumblr had to react, and I paid for it because technically I had no right to share the images.

The only right you have to your images are as a copyright holder, or under fair use. DMCA notices can be contested, but the process is incredibly invasive and detailed. I would have to provide all my personal information just to prove that I had a right to share images that I don’t even want to share if the copyright holder doesn’t want them shared.

So this is my quandary. 99% of my Tumblr experience has been people thanking me for promoting their work, or fans thanking me for sharing/identifying/detailing images that they hadn’t seen/knew nothing about. I am positive that I have sold multiple copies of magazines, movie tickets, DVDs, books, clothing, etc, and I have never made money from my blog, not even via ads. All I wanted to do was share beautiful images and create fans of the media I love.

This doesn’t make me exempt from copyright laws though. Just because I didn’t mean to upset Vogue Spain, or the handful of photographers I have in the past, doesn’t give me the legal right to share the images they own. It does, however, make it shitty that I was deleted because, as it has been noted many times since this happened, I was an excellent provider of photo credit and I sourced most images and most of the people whose art I shared either didn’t mind, or were grateful that I brought attention to their work.

I don’t blame Tumblr for deleting me. I didn’t pay for my space on their site; it didn’t belong to me. It hurts a lot though. Bohemea wasn’t just other people’s work, it was information, it was research, it was reactions, it contained my words, and some of my own original images, and now it’s gone. Five years of chronicling the art I consumed and the way I reacted to the art has disappeared. I feel as if my journals, pasted with inspiring images and poetic little vignettes has been taken away, and I literally have no one to blame. I was doing what many Tumblr users do, joyfully and with no ill-intent, Tumblr had every right to delete me, and copyright holders have every right to protest the un-consented sharing of their images.”

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE, it’s quite the story.

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