Quite possibly if you’re a regular redditor or a regular internet surfer. Four weeks ago I uploaded this picture that my friend Jess* to reddit under the subreddit r/funny and had a rather overwhelming response. The picture went a little bit viral.
For those of you who don’t know what reddit is, it’s a media platform/web community full of content submitted by every day users who either ‘upvote’ or ‘downvote’ a persons post, whether it be a video, article, picture, or question. Why do people do this? For meaningless internet points, known on the website as ‘karma’.
I would say that this picture is amusing, oui? The internet community also did, and after a couple of days it had been blogged, reblogged and rereblogged. In four short weeks, this image has had over 470 000 views on imgur and 10, 435 people took time out of their day to either ‘upvote’ or ‘downvote’ this picture on reddit itself.
A pretty decent result for a redditor. Although it got me thinking, people were using this image without my permission, but most importantly, without Jess’* permission, after all it is her slightly blurred face in the bottom left hand corner of the photograph. It was my original content and yet other people tried to claim it as their own. To be honest I didn’t mind all that much, but I’m sure there are people out there who would if it was an actual original piece of art or a video or even just a crappy ass gif. Reddit is known for reposts, sometimes its people claiming someone else’ original work and sometimes it gives credit to the original poster.
This made me look into reddit’s user agreement and copyright policy and interestingly enough, they’re pretty good about it:
‘If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement…you may notify Service Provider by providing the following information to our copyright agent set forth below:
Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;…’
So basically if I wanted to, I could do something about it. Fortunately for the other 50 people that posted it to the net, I’m far too lazy. In fact, I’m too lazy to even conclude properly. It’s late and I have about a million readings to do.