I watch a couple of icon communities, and I sometimes see something that puzzles me (like here, for example): A person posts a bunch of LJ icons that consist entirely of resizing and cropping someone else’s copyrighted stuff, then they turn around and insist that the icons can only be used under certain conditions.
Requesting to be credited makes at least a modicum of sense to me, even for a simple crop job like these; someone’s looking to promote their own journal, or even just looking for some recognition, fine. But the part about how they “are not bases” — and I assume what that means is that they don’t want folks to take one of these images and add text or modify it in some other way, then promote it as their own creation — is that not just the height of hypocrisy?
It bugs me a little every time I see it. I never bring it up, because it would undoubtedly generate some flames in response, and seem like I was picking on the individual and singling them out of the crowd. But I really just don’t understand how they rationalize this in their mind, I’m curious about that. I mean there are only two possibilities I can see: they’re oblivious, or they lack integrity. Am I missing some magical third explanation?