(( Sometimes I see Tumblr Roleplayers peppering their posts with 100×100 px icons which are, more often than not, re-purposed fanart belonging to another individual.
I wish to address this and how it is wrong, so if you would please give me a few moments of your time, I…
((I will say this and only this: Could not the same argument be made every time you post a GIF or a picture from a licensed work? I agree that artwork should only be used with permission, but I just want it put in perspective.))
((While the previous one makes a really good point, the post above makes a pretty valid point too. Might as well credit Square Enix for every icon taken from official work, aye?
But you don’t see anyone doing that, do you?
Not trying to justify art theft here, but just trying to make a point.
Just credit where credit is due, aye?))
Unfortunately, that’s a pretty wide gap in perspective.
Yes, technically and ideally, that may be true, though I don’t personally know the legality of these things when it comes to spreading official/commercial works.
If we want to nitpick then yes, it would be best to credit official sources too, even if those should be otherwise obvious. But it does not invalidate the previous point, and it’s quite honestly something that’s just not going to happen in any widespread manner.
But someone’s personal — and in most (though certainly not all) cases, not commercial or professional — artwork is a rather different matter. This isn’t something produced of industry, and it’s something that deserves the recognition and credit toward its maker.
There’s no difference, unless the person has given you authorization to redistribute it, then you’re committing copyright infringement, (not thievery) and are technically in violation of the ToS.