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Re-using old icons

I'm not sure this is the right place, but I'll ask anyway. I have some icons on older journals that I'd like to re-use. They are all credited appropriately and would be again of course. The reason I'm posting is because the icon journals I got them from are now deleted and I really don't know if it is considered inappropriate to use icons from deleted journals for newer characters/journals/games. So I guess I'm asking is it appropriate in general? Or if someone has deleted their journal is it better to try and choose a new face or icons? These are extremely rarely iconned faces - the deleted journals were the only places I ever saw them, if that makes a difference to anyone's opinion on this.


Aug. 12th, 2022 08:05 pm (UTC)
If they'd kept their journal up, but deleted all their content except a request to "DON'T USE MY ICONS", then I'd say maybe not?

But it's a deleted journal, so who knows what the circumstances are. I'd still credit the deleted journal. It's just good practice and shows that you didn't take the icons without credit. (I credit myself when I make my own icons just so it's super clear where they come from.)

Of course, this is just my personal opinion. Others might have a different POV.
Aug. 13th, 2022 01:35 am (UTC)
I second this
Aug. 13th, 2022 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 13th, 2022 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh I wouldn't then, though I do wonder about that for some other icons - the journal's up but no "DON"T USE" post in that case but right now I'm not wanting to use that face.

That's my instinct, so thank you. If asked I would take them down of course.
Aug. 12th, 2022 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'd just credit the deleted journal. If the person who made them is still floating around in the rpworld, the most they'll do is ask you to take them down.
Aug. 13th, 2022 02:45 am (UTC)
That's what I will do and yes, if asked by the maker, I would take them down.
Aug. 17th, 2022 04:27 am (UTC)
Pretty much echoing what everyone else has already said.

I frequently save icons for faces I use regularly (more frequently after Photobucket tried it's nonsense), so I do sometimes use icons from journals that are no longer active. I think it's fine so long as there is no note otherwise and you're crediting the deleted journal. If someone really wants you to not use them, they can contact you and let you know.
Aug. 17th, 2022 06:39 am (UTC)
I appreciate more input.

Some of mine are from photobucketed journals as well, though not the specific ones I was wondering about, so I get that and I actually haven't thought twice about reusing photobucketed icons that I saved before they were photobucketed, though the journals are up if not active.

Very true, and if the maker asked I would certainly take down their icons, so honestly, after getting the feedback here, I don't think I'm doing anything wrong to use the icons unless asked otherwise by the maker.