A post to all Johnny’s-related tumblr users, myself included.
I’ve read posts about tumblr blogs being given an email warning by tumblr due to “copyright infringement” from using and posting copyright photos, videos, jwebs, magazine scans, etc of talents from Johnny’s & Associates (Johnny’s Entertainment). Emails aside, some blogs notice that some of their posts were deleted due to infringement issues.
I know that copyright issues is a big deal in Japan and now international fans are also in the danger of losing their treasured scans, videos, etc due to this issue. Some says that someone might have directly reported to J&A that there are lot of violators in tumblr since it’s quite unlikely that those in the agency have too much free time to check on tumblr blogs. Also, FC members are also responsible in reporting violators of Johnny’s law, not just with scans and posts, but also those who sell their balloted tickets.
Nevertheless, international fans should be wary of posting anything that might be consider a “copyright infringement”. Un-tagging a post is a sure way that it won’t be seen in search results so for those who are not yet following a certain Johnny’s-centered blog, follow them now, follow every blog that represents each group or member before they either stop blogging, have their blog taken down, or before they make their posts private, which completely defeat the purpose of blogging.
Anyway, while I don’t post scans on tumblr, I post most of their copyrighted pictures here and I also post screencaps of most Johnny’s dramas on tumblr. I haven’t received any take down notice from DMCA but I might do so (delete the pictures) if I can no longer protect my posts.
I’m not gonna say to stop posting this and that, it’s already hard for international fans to have access to most Johnny’s happenings since it’s so exclusive. For now, we just need to be very careful.