The Beginner's Guide to How to Credit Images

The Beginner's Guide to How to Credit Images

It is critical to note that posting someone person's image on your website without giving them acknowledgement or a mention is considered copyright infringement.

Credit can be given in a variety of ways, including linking back to the original content provider, citing an author, or placing a photo credit line below the image.

This post will look at how to properly credit photographs in order to protect intellectual property rights. It is critical to note that posting someone person's image on your website without giving them acknowledgement or a mention is considered copyright infringement.

What is Image Credit?

When you use one of someone else's photographs on your blog or website, you must give them image credit.

Image credits inform readers where an image comes from and serve to develop a relationship between the two parties, in this case, you as the blogger/website owner and the original artist with whom you discovered it.

"This shot was taken by my friend Chris," for example, indicating that I took the photo myself, but they are not credited with it.

This is considered theft because there is no mention of them granting me permission to utilize their work without giving them credit for its creation."

Why is it important to give Image Credit?

Giving credit where credit is due is referred to as image credit. This normally includes the photographer or artist, but additional parties like as editors and illustrators may also be included.

Photographers and artists of all types should be thanked because it allows their work to be seen by more people, which raises their chances of being employed again in the future.

Image credits are also useful for readers who wish to learn more about the process behind an image they enjoy in order to better appreciate its execution or to gain ideas from people who developed it.

Many blogs upload full-sized photographs without acknowledgment, even if there is a clear link back to another site with attribution (i.e. via a citation). This is undesirable since it implies that the creator may not earn credit for their work and will not benefit from any promotion their photographs may receive on another website.

Again, regardless of what site regulations and image crediting advice you find online, it is always best to contact the picture owner and get permission to use the image (unless you share something you created).

Naturally, on some platforms, such as social networking sites, where millions of images circulate without image credits, this can be incredibly difficult, but this just emphasizes the significance of the issue.

Here are some examples of how photos are used:

In a blog post or other article as part of your content; in an email newsletter if they aren't too large; shared via social networks like Facebook or Instagram with credit given when appropriate; by populating slideshows/slides within a presentation or other webinar, providing attribution to the source; and occasionally as promotional giveaways on social media sites and the like.

Image credit rules of Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram image credit policies On social media, image credits are used to identify the original creator or photographer of a photograph taken by someone else.

When an image is clearly identifiable as coming from another source, such as Getty Images, photo credit is supplied.

However, if you snapped your images without any logos, you are not need to give correct acknowledgment back to other sources!

Photo Credit Rules:

• If you find a photo online and wish to use it in your blog post without giving acknowledgement (i.e., providing information about where the photo came from), either find out who owns the photo's copyright/licensing rights or locate a different image.

• If you find an image online and want to use it as-is with attribution (i.e., provide information about where the photo came from), simply give credit by linking back to the original content's website URL in your post and adding "via" before giving full attribution at the end of your blog post article.

• If someone takes a picture with their phone and uploads it to social media sites like Facebook or Instagram, they do not need permission from anybody else to share that picture.

• If you wish to post or tweet an image on social media, always give correct acknowledgement by providing information about where the image came from.

• While social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram are taking steps to combat copyright infringement by locating images that were not properly attributed for distribution, there is only so much that can be done when so many individuals submit photos to their social media accounts.

• It's entirely usual to see photographs online without crediting the source, especially if they were taken at public events or circulated by word-of-mouth among a group of people - just don't do it yourself!

• If you are detected plagiarizing other people's work, you may face legal implications depending on who owns the image and whether they can take action.

Pinterest's image credit guidelines

Because Pinterest is based on sharing, acknowledging writers who have shared photographs that are of interest to the community is critical to their success.

You should credit any author whose photographs you use by referring to their original post. According to Pinterest's standards, just pinning an image without giving proper acknowledgment is considered copyright infringement.

Image credits enable others to determine where an image originated, which is why duplicating or pinning other people's photographs without giving correct credit may result in your account being locked! This does not, however, imply that you should be unnecessarily repetitive while crediting the original author.

Image credit rules of Tumblr

Tumblr is a crowded blogging network that accepts not only photographs but also videos, GIFs, and audio assets. Tumblr's picture crediting policies are comparable to those of other blogging platforms such as WordPress.

If you find an image on the internet that you want to use for your blog, simply provide attribution or correct credit in the form of a link back to the website URL where the photo originated in your post.

You can even start from scratch if you have shot your own images and they do not belong to anyone else! However, keep in mind that if someone discovers your usage of their property without authorization, you may face legal action.

Image credit rules of Instagram

You may easily locate photos that would go well with your brand or business online, but remember to follow the image crediting guidelines when sharing images to avoid getting in trouble!

Because of the number of people uploading copyright-protected photographs onto their profiles, several social media networks are taking steps to combat copyright infringement – simply don't do it!

Image credits allow others to determine where an image originated, which is why duplicating or pinning other people's photographs without proper credit may result in your account being locked by these sites as well!

If your photo appears on a website without acknowledgment, send them an email politely requesting that due credit be given. If they do not react to your polite request, send a second email requesting that the image be removed because it violates your copyright.

If you find an image you wish to use on your blog or website, simply provide attribution or correct credit in the form of a link back to the website URL where the image originated in your post.

If you credit an image to Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, please sure to include a link to the original social media account where the image was uploaded.

For example, if you come across a photo on Twitter that hasn't been pinned or credited, simply add attribution by linking back to the original message.

Image credit rules of GIPHY

You may not be aware, but GIPHY has some severe guidelines surrounding who and how can utilize their platform. So, if you're curious how copyright law applies to GIFs, here are a few crucial points to remember:

  • GIFs developed by individuals or businesses with more than 25 employees must be attributed to their creators in any form in which they are used (including on social media platforms).
  • This law also applies to smaller businesses with fewer than 25 employees, as long as at least one employee develops original content within the organization.
  • In other words, someone who works on marketing materials would be counted as well.
  • Before using GIPHY's platform, if your firm has fewer than 25 employees, you must also have a written agreement in place with GIPHY. In other words, you cannot simply create an account and begin posting material.
  • GIFs published on social media networks like Facebook or Twitter must be acknowledged back to the creator if they are used without permission.
  • This essentially implies that they should be marked with your firm's handle so that people know which company created the video/storyboard/etc from which the GIF was derived.
  • GIPHY may not come after you directly, but depending on your individual circumstances, they may sue you for copyright infringement.
  • If you wish to legally use a GIF created by someone else, you must first contact the originator and get permission.
  • You can do so by contacting GIPHY or visiting their website for additional information on how to apply for a license.
  • However, don't think it's all right if they don't react.
  • There are two types of licenses available:
  • GIPHY issues Limited Rights Licenses (LCLs) to people that want to utilise their content in an editorial context solely. This means they can't be used in advertising or promotions, but they may be used in blog posts, articles, reviews, and so on, which is what most small businesses are looking for anyway.
  • *FUL (Full Use License)—
  • This is a more expensive license that allows you to use GIFs in whatever way you like.

Image credit rules of WordPress

WordPress is a powerful content management system for your website. It not only provides you with the tools to design and publish posts, pages, images, videos, quotes, or links but it also gives you control over what gets published on your site.

If this sounds complicated then don't worry as in most cases WordPress does all of these things automatically such as updating tags when uploading an image file.

One very basic rule that many people get wrong is how credits are given for photos they have uploaded to their blog post using WordPress.

By default, every picture has two pieces of information attached: the name of the author who took the photo (or video) and any copyright restrictions applied by them such as Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives.

These are usually somewhere in the lower right-hand corner of the photo, where you can also find other information such as location or date taken.

If this sounds complicated then don't worry as in most cases WordPress does all of these things automatically such as updating tags when uploading an image file.

Image credit rules of Flickr

What you need to know about Flickr's policies for uploading and attributing images:

Even if it's your own work, you should credit any photographer whose work you post. It is not enough to simply include a "picture by" line at the bottom of an image description, as this will be concealed from anyone who does not visit that photo page.

Use correct attribution in your original post content or metadata instead.

All photos must adhere to copyright regulations. That is, only people with rights to them (or their parent/legal guardian) can post them.

A decent rule of thumb is "do I have permission to use someone else's photo?" If so, go ahead and upload it.

Because this site is not designed to be a photo marketplace, you cannot sell your work here. You may only post original pictures or photographs licensed under a Creative Commons licence.

If the photograph was uploaded without attribution and/or in violation of copyright laws, it will be removed (e.g., by being in the public domain).

Image credits: obtain permission and obey the rules.

When using the image for non-commercial purposes, no attribution is necessary. In some situations, using the work commercially without crediting the originator may be considered copyright violation.

This type of infringement might result in legal action being taken against those who break the rule by calling their lawyer.

Even if you intend to use the work for non-commercial reasons, it is usually a good idea to obtain permission before doing so.

The following image credits request permission:

The simplest approach to provide picture credit would be if it wasn't necessary at all because you purchased the image owner's work and are free to use it.

However, depending on the arrangement, even in some of those circumstances, the extent of use may be limited.


Any image you use on your website should have image credit. A reasonable rule of thumb is to include a credit line that begins with "picture courtesy of" and then the name or URL of the original photo source. If you took the shot, you may use your name and a shortened URL to let others know it's your work.

If you intend to use any image for commercial purposes, you must first obtain permission and pay for the photo or video.

Otherwise, you risk being sued by either site owner who may choose to defend their work from infringement.

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