Do Not Post

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A Do Not Post list (also known as DNP) is a list of artists who do not want their work to be posted on a particular website. The lists generally have individual artists or entire websites. The concept was pioneered on Fchan. It should not be confused with a Do Not Redistribute list.

Many sites focus on posting third-party furry artwork, and people generally assume that if a piece of artwork does not have a prominent notice that explicitly forbids distribution, it is okay to post the picture on an art-sharing site. The list will then make the artist's intention of not allowing the distribution clear, even if the pictures themselves carry no such notices. The list is an implementation of an idea designed to be a middle ground between artists' copyright rights, and the desire of fans to share their work.

The "Do Not Post" list consists of a page, sometimes separated into sections, which holds the names of artists or websites that have requested their work to not be shared or posted on that site. This can extend across multiple sites that carry a DNP list.

A website that requests to be on the DNP list of a site might be a commercial site such as SexyFur or Fur After Dark for example. Sites like these have a legitimate claim for requesting to be on a DNP list as users sharing the sites work with others is damaging to the revenue of said website, and they believe that such users should pay to have access to their work. Hosting websites can similarly ask for a global DNP of artwork from their site.

Some commercial sites are less global than this and individual artists that contribute to such a site can be put on the DNP list on in a separate section. An example of this would be "Cub Central" which allows artists to set options in their profile that in effect act as a "Do Not Post" request.

Artists may also further specify the type or kind of art they do not want posted or shared. Kacey Miyagami for example restricts the sharing or posting of her artwork with the exception that her non-watermarked images are still allowed to be posted. Other artists may specify that only art made before a certain year can be posted, and others still may restrict artwork they have created under other identities.

An artist can also request to be removed from the DNP list. New additions and removals from the list are sometimes included in the list itself along with the date of their addition or removal.

Usage

As the name implies, the "Do Not Post" list, normally on the front page of an "open" furry art sharing site such as Fchan, consists of a bulletin, compiled by the site's admins, with the names of artists who specifically request their work to not be posted and shared amongst the users. Based on a "honor" system, it is enforced by willing administrators, and often circumvented by a small group of fans that feel "they deserve" such art to be posted. Incommunicado artists who have well expressed a desire for their work to not be posted frequently are ignored by such lists, even if they had made a post declaring their work to not be posted or included a mark on the art work stating it is not to be posted.

DNP's successes and failures

On Fchan, the DNP is enforced by Sage Nadia, Xenofur and Raven, with "user banning" the result of continuous, repeated violations. To date, the DNP on Fchan has been the most successful of the DNPs, allowing some artists the right to exercise their copyright while allowing others the right to allow free distribution, but they do not respect any DNP request from artists who are incommunicado even if it was posted publicly or with a mark directly on the art piece itself.

The only known failure of a DNP involves the former site WTFur, now Lulz.net, which started with a set DNP partnered after FChan's one, until requests were denied when they felt they were not ask for "properly," and eventually ended mocked publicly. No DNP exist on its present incarnation, with the exception of Jeremy Bernal's work, the posting of which will result in a ban.

The intentional lack of a DNP list was a controversial issue for another open gallery, ChanPlz, with discussions pro and con about the merits of the idea.

There is a small exception to this rule, with some artists on such lists not allowing their work to be posted in such archives by third parties, but happy enough to post it themselves.

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