Facebook Pages and Artistic Attribution

From time to time, a conversation arises on social media that I find important enough to bring to the blog. Today, I present to you a conversation regarding appropriating artist's work for the purposes of gaining more web traffic. Several websites and social media pages - pagan geared and not - have been turning artist's work into memes used to gain more followers and web traffic, without giving attribution in any way to the original creator.

I invite you to take part in the conversation both here on the blog and through social media.


Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte



  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNBOkp346G8 Relevant

    Internet artists, much like music companies, are victims of the fast twitch action that's the internet ability to share information.

    Images in non digital from would never be subjected to this because they couldn't but I argue that the drive has always been there. Images from artists are successful, I posit, because we are able to recall their connection to our own past and concepts. The Mona Lisa's furtive smile is engaging and the Birth of Man is provocative.

    Meme's take the emotion or concept evoked by these artist and give non-artist an ability to convey something quickly without having to actually describe it. From Fry's confused face to Neil deGrasse Tyson badass bmp warning, people have turned their emotions and opinions over to Meme generation, I think.

    Now so far, the memes I've suggested have been relegated to pop culture. Within a significant population, at least 1 person should know the source of the meme or what it's meant to reference, however memes as a concept of human communication don't require popular recognition. They only require an evocative image and minimal text to clarify. Niche populations like pagans, bronies, raspberry pi developers can create their own memes sourced from somewhere in their community to essentially do the same thing and are small enough that, as Fire Lyte has done, an artist can complain about the unauthorized use of his or her material.

    I don't think in the aggregate anything can be done. I think memes are not only here to stay but so good that we'll come to rely on them digitally to convey emotion correctly when we can't communicate face to face. They may even affect our facial expressions but I'm getting ahead of myself.

    What I would say is that hopefully as the habit plays out in less mainstream communities, "know your meme" wikis or databases will be created to trace the originator so that they can benefit finally. Or perhaps watermarking the hell out of everything is just the reality for digital art...

  2. Be memes, or flat out copy pastes of entire works from writers, bloggers, books and artists the general public doesn't seem to care any more about ownership or respect :(


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