General netiquette question to fans, fanartists, and the fannish community at large (and I'm really looking for feedback on this, so feel free to point it out to persons who might have an opinion):
In your opinion, what's the protocol on posting/hosting someone else's fanart?
See, I'm working on this links-to-everything-Goujun community for Goujun Appreciation Month. There's a Japanese artist whose name I'm not entirely sure of - it's either Tsukiusa or Tsukiusage no Utage, though that may have been the name of his/her site. Saiyuki artist, possibly published DJ artist, lots of Gaiden art and--specific to this question--a fair bit of Goujun art. The site is no longer around afaik. Which means I still have no way of contacting the artist even if I did speak Japanese. If the site were still up, I'd just stick a link to it directly on this comm and be done with it, but that's unfortunately not the case.
I have local copies saved of most of the art, however. Is it bad form to upload these in my own space with proper credit to an artist whose name I'm not entirely sure of for the sake of sharing with other Goujun fans? I have no way of knowing why the site came down, but I'd hate to go sticking the art back out there on the web if having it out there is contrary to the wishes of the artist, or if there were legal reasons involved, yada yada. Y'know?
On the one hand, I want to share it with other fans and, in the shoes of a fan who'd not seen the original site, I'd want the chance to see it too. On the other hand, is it my decision to make?