Hello. I’m The Frogman. First I would like you to calm your tits. You think you just witnessed a theft and you are very bumfuzzled about the whole ordeal. That’s okay. It happens to us all in the beginning. I am here to tell you that you may not have seen a theft at all. It’s more likely that you just saw a coincidence.
Many of the images that are posted on the 16,487,996 tumblr blogs are found on various “picdump” websites. These are sites in which many of the humorous photos on the internet are collected and dumped into one location. Many of these images are crap. So people like me and other humor tumblrs spend hours sifting through the crap trying to find the gems within. The problem is, sometimes we find the same things and post them independently. We try not to, but it happens.
Right now I’d like to take you on a magical journey. I would like to show you how an image spreads throughout the internet. So… if your tits are completely calm… buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.
It all starts with the person of origin. The person who took the photo or drew the thing. This person uploads the picture to an image site.
Then people go to that site, see the image, and want to share it with their friends. So they tweet it. They blog it. They email it. Maybe some of them will include the source wherever they post it. But a lot of them won’t.
Then the same thing happens again. People go to any of these sites and share the image. If the source isn’t there, they can’t credit the image even if they want to. Pretty soon the image becomes viral and it is on thousands of sites. Some of them still link back to the source. But most of them don’t.
So here are thousands of places that both myself and another tumblr can find the image independently. No way of knowing the source. And if I am unaware of the tumblr that you saw it on, I have no idea that they posted it as well.
There are most certainly people on tumblr that steal from other tumblrs. But most of the time it’s just that we both found the same picture on some other site. I do my best to not make duplicate posts. I follow a lot of tumblrs and I keep an eye on what’s popular to make sure not to repost. I also try to trace certain images back to their source with TinEye, but that only works a small percentage of the time. It’s an imperfect system and I think all we can ask is that people do their best to give credit when possible.
I hope this clears things up and your tits are as calm as sleeping kittens. Have a good day :)