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A repost is the upload of something online for a second or further time.
Reposting can be authorised (done with the original creator's permission), authorised and credited, unauthorised (done without the original creator's permission) and credited, or unauthorised and uncredited. The reasons people do authorised or credited reposting versus the reasons they do uncredited and unauthorised reposting can be quite different. Authorised or credited reposts are generally done to benefit both the original poster and the reposter, whereas unauthorised and uncredited reposts benefit only the reposter. Unauthorised and uncredited reposts are the subject of much controversy.
Reasons for Reposting
Content can be reposted to benefit the reposter by gaining them views, notes, follows, etc., to benefit the fandom by bringing greater attention to a work so that more fans may view it, or to benefit the original poster by providing them with a new audience on a website they don't frequent themselves.
Permission to Repost
Some fans chose to only repost art after requesting the original poster's permission. They may use a form letter to communicate across language barriers, i.e. when reposting from pixiv (a primarily Asian-language website) to tumblr or twitter.
Unauthorized reposting of someone else's work is often considered art theft.
EbooksTree was a website that reposted fanfiction and sold it as if it were content generated by the traditional publishing industry. Tumblr posts began to call attention to its existence in 2015, and it was reported on by the official tumblr of Archive Of Our Own. Tumblr users whose works had been reposted on EbooksTree began to file DMCA claims against the website as suggested by both FYeahCopyright and AO3org. Additionally, AO3 took steps to prevent works originally posted on AO3 from being downloadable via EbooksTree. The EbooksTree website later went defunct due to unknown reasons, possibly the number of DMCA claims it received.
FictionHunt is a archive website that claims to back up stories posted to FanFiction.net to create a searchable index with links back to the story. If offered a "cached" version of the story as well should FF.net go offline or if the story is deleted, making it a point of dispute within fandom.
Reposting art without crediting the original artist with the intent to pass said art off as one's own is also called "art theft".
- Report on Ebooks tree from FYeahCopyright, posted 13 April 2015. (Accessed 24 January 2020.)
- AO3org reblog of FYeahCopyright post stating that AO3org had also been receiving inquiries about EbooksTree. Posted 13 April 2015. (Accessed 24 January 2020.)
- AO3org update on EbooksTree work theft, posted 15 April 2015. (Accessed 24 January 2020.)