I have a pet peeve.
As a writer, I have found my stuff posted on other websites without my permission, and sometimes without so much as a mention that it was MY article... or a link back to the original. This ticks me off, and it is illegal to do so.
I have not come across this on Fanpop with articles yet, but I have seen it numerous times on images.
Some of the people I adore the most are even doing it. I have to assume innocence here and figure some folks just don't know... so I'ma tell ya ;)
Credit. Credit. Credit. The option to add the photo credit when you submit an image is there for a reason. It is to protect Fanpop from massive headaches later on, and you from being sued.
You might search for images on Google, but that is not who to credit. When you find the image you want, there is a url under it when you click on the image. From there it is easy to find the name of who owns that image. If it is not cited, then you need to cite that website in the credit to protect both yourself and Fanpop.
Not citing the copyright owner is theft, pure and simple. Besides, it is just the right thing to do.
As Fanpop grows, more and more people are going to be taking notice. They are going to see their images were taken without citing the owner. We do not want that kind of trouble around here.
In the case of movie and book covers, cite the studio or publisher of the book. That is way-easy to do. In the case of photos of stars and what have you, the photographer is the way to go, unless you can't find that info, then like I said; cite the website you found it on, or the star.
Please please please make the effort to do this. I do not want to see the day that Dave and Papa are forced to waste time removing thousands and thousands of images because we did not take the time to do it right and legally...
Thank you, Drive through.