Hi dear Haveners,
I’ve posted the newest pictures of YAI that are taken by a Korean fan a couple of days ago, and I mentioned that we need to be more careful on bringing (re-posting) Korean Fans’ fan-art works here on Haven or on any other international fan-site. This is not because K-fans claim for YAI as their own and do not want to share with us international fans. It applies the same for any other K-fans as well.
Let me briefly go over why this has become a sensitive issue. There are different types of YAI’s online fandom in Korea: Ainese(the official fan cafe), DCinside YAI Gallery, Daum Ain-zone, and some private blogs (Powerful bloggers attract their own viewers, too.) I am a member of Ainese and DC Gallery, so I can only recount from their points of view, so if there are other K fans out there who are reading this post and disagreeing, please, feel free to leave comments to correct the facts.
Some fans are really terrific photographers, and they are the ones who bring out their heavy camera equipments and go out in the cold weather to take beautiful pictures of YAI. (note: they are not stalkers who abuse YAI’s private life, and they only attend his official schedules so far.) These fans’ effort and time provide us those amazing quality pictures that no professional photographers could give us at the moment. However, some of K-fans took it for granted and used those pictures as if the pictures were her originals. For instance, these a few fans cut out the nickname of the original and put their own nicks and gave it away to other fans as gift. (This was possible because there are 3 groups of online fan sites. One could easily steal the image from the other groups.) The original photographer found this out later and got upset with the person who took the credit for the pictures.
Some fans are good at making capture shots from YAI’s films and dramas. Some are skillful at retouching. All these pretty images that are easily available online are somewhat recreation of the fan-artists who would put hours into their work. It is okay to enjoy the image at the moment and save it to one’s pc to view it again personally. Yet, to re-post the images on one’s blogs or other fan sites, it would be nice to ask for permission of the original creator. People thought it was okay to re-post the images and video as long as they indicate where they were originally from. However, the original artists also need to track where their works are spreading toward.
I know it is extremely difficult for you to contact the creator of the images on DC gallery because you cannot read Korean. Then, shoot me the url, so I can contact the artist for you. My twitter account is @InKcho
If you find good images from Ain-zone on Daum, contact Ancientkingdom who go there regularly.
If you find blogs that contains good stuff, contact any of us K-translators or leave your comment directly to see if they answer you back. Here are some of the useful lines:
- I love your fan-art work! (정말 멋진 작품들이네요! 너무 좋아요!)
- May I share these beautiful images with other overseas fans of YAI? (다른 유아인의 해외 팬분들과 이 멋진 사진들을 공유해도 될까요?)
- Is it okay if I make changes to your image? (제가 이 사진을 2차적으로 수정해도 되겠습니까?)
- Is it okay to make a wallpaper with your images? (이 사진들을 이용해서 바탕화면을 만들어도 될까요?)
- May I use your images to make videos? given that the original source will be shown/indicated? (이 사진들을 이용해서 비디오를 만들어도 되겠습니까? 사진의 출처는 꼭 밝히게습니다.)
I know it’s way complicated for international fans to ask for permissions when it’s still a little complicated for K-fans to follow. Twt me anytime if you need help on this. I can’t solve all the problems because I might not have all the accounts that are necessary to communicate with them artists. But, I’ll do my best to reach them for you.
p.s. As a person who hasn’t produced a single image of YAI myself, this whole issue regarding copyrights has been affecting me and my blog, too. I’ve stopped posting when it has to have images that are done by others. I’ve been scrapping others’ entire posts now after leaving them comments to save me from any trouble regarding copyrights. I don’t know how long this issue will be lasting…
p.p.s. I can only show some of the images that are given by other talented gallers. If you look into these, the images have my nick InK (잉쿠) on them to indicate that the image was a gift from the friend who came up with the image.