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The Beginner's Guide on How to Credit Images

This article will explore how to photo credit for the sake of intellectual property rights. It is important to remember that when you post another person's image on your website, it is considered copyright infringement if you do not give them attribution or a mention.

The Beginner's Guide on How to Credit Images

It is important to remember that when you post another person's image on your website, it is considered copyright infringement if you do not give them attribution or a mention.

Credit can be given in any form; such as linking back to the original content creator, citing an author, or adding a photo credit line below the picture.

What is Image Credit?

Image credit is the attribution that you give to someone when using one of their images on your blog or website.

Image credits show readers where an image came from and also help establish a relationship between the two parties, in this case, you as the blogger/website owner and the original creator with whom you found it.

For example: "This photo was taken by my friend Chris" indicates that I took the picture myself, but they are not credited for taking it.

This would be considered stealing because there's no mention of them having permitted me to use their work without giving them attribution for its creation."

Why is it important to give Image Credit?

Image Credit is a copyright term that refers to giving credit where it’s due. This typically includes the photographer or artist, but can also include other parties such as editors and illustrators.

Photographers and artists of all kinds need to be credited because it helps them have their work seen by more people, which in turn increases their chances of getting hired again in the future.

Image credits are also beneficial to readers who want to find out more about the process behind an image they like so they can better appreciate its execution or get insights from those who created it.

Many blogs post full-sized images without crediting the creator - even if there's a clear link back to another site with attribution on it (i.e. via a citation). This is bad because it means that the creator may not get credit for their work, and they can't benefit from any promotion their images might receive on another site.

Once again, whatever site policies and image crediting recommendations you may run into online, it's advised to always contact the image owner and ask for their permission to use the image (unless you share something you created).

Naturally, on some platforms, i.e., social media sites, where millions of pictures are in circulation without image credits, this can be extremely difficult but that only raises the importance of the matter.

Here are some ways images get used:

  • In a blog post or other article as part of your content; in an email newsletter if they're not too large
  • shared via social networks such as Facebook or Instagram with credit given when appropriate
  • In slideshows/slides within a presentation or other webinar, providing attribution to the source
  • Sometimes as promotional giveaways on social media sites and the like.
  • Now, let's look at some popular social media and blogging platforms and their policies
  • This is a comprehensive guide on how to credit images.  The rules for Facebook images are simple: if you post an image with copyright material, i.e., not yours, make sure you give credit to the owner.
  • All Facebook communities are different, so it's best to consult the rules for any Facebook group you plan on posting in.
  • Pinterest has two policies: first is that you can't use copyrighted images without permission; second is that you cannot pin anyone else's pins without their consent.
  • This means they want users to ask for their image sources before sharing them. Here's how they explain it: "Repinning someone else's pin adds value to Pinterest and gives credit to the source of the content interest does not require photo credits neither do they offer a formalized way of doing so but following these rules will help your account stay active.
  • The point of Tumblr is sharing other people's posts, photos, music clips - virtually anything - so always give credit to the author if you're reblogging/reposting.
  • When it comes to line length, Tumblr recommends that you quote the source if possible and use no more than three lines of text above the image. However, be mindful that too long of quotes can lead to your post being considered spam.
  • There are two ways of crediting images on Twitter: one, tweet or retweet something with an accompanying comment; or two, quote someone's Tweet with an image.
  • If you tweet someone else's image without credit, Twitter now offers you different options for how to deal with this depending upon whether the original Tweeter has mentioned copyright materials or not; whether they own their profile; and whether they've asked for media removal before. This can get complicated - especially if it's about an image of yours.
  • This means you don't have to always post images with watermarks attached (unless of course, you won't do).
  • However, make sure to mention the source in at least two different ways: first is via the Facebook share button; second is by adding information into the text field on Facebook which will then appear as a 'caption' on top of your image.
  • Just like Flickr, 500px requires that all submitted photos are copyright-free. It doesn't require crediting original authors but it does encourage sharing knowledge and giving credit where credit is due so it's typically appreciated by both sides. You should include attribution in any reprints or alterations of other people's work whether this is a college or an art piece.
  • Instagram has a simple policy: you should give credit to the author of any image you use. This can be especially tricky if someone re-posts your work from another account so always know where your images come from and how they might have been altered before passing them along.
  • Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, and Twitter all operate on sharing so crediting authors who have shared the images that interest the community becomes paramount for their success.
  • However, it's not just about being nice to others - it's also about protecting yourself. If someone doesn't ask permission to share an image of yours, it could lead to legal consequences depending on whether you're the author or not.
  • After knowing how to credit images, it's important to know what you can do if your image is shared without credit. Knowing the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism will help you figure out whether something is considered stealing or sharing. When in doubt though, always ask for permission.
  • This guide on how to credit images should be enough but if there are any questions left unanswered, feel free to leave a comment below.

Image credit rules of Facebook and Instagram

Image credit rules of Facebook and Instagram. Image credits are used on social media to show the original creator or photographer a photo that was taken by someone else.

Photo credit is given when an image is recognizable as coming from another source, such as Getty Images, for example.

However, if you have photographed your photos with no logos in them then it's not necessary to give proper credit back to other sources!

Photo Credit Rules:

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

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

• If someone has taken a picture on their camera phone and uploaded it onto social media sites like Facebook or Instagram then they do not need permission from anyone else to share this photo either.

• If you want to share or tweet about an image on social media then always provide proper credit in the form of providing information about where the photo came from.

• Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are making strides to combat copyright infringement by finding images that were not given proper attribution for sharing, but there is only so much that can be done when so many people upload photos onto their social media accounts.

• It's perfectly normal to see images online without crediting them back to the source, especially if they are taken at public events or shared via word-of-mouth within a group of people - just make sure you don't do this yourself either!

• If you are caught plagiarizing other people's work then it could lead to legal consequences depending on who the image belongs to and whether they can take action or not.

Image credit rules of Pinterest

Pinterest operates with sharing so crediting authors who have shared the images that interest the community becomes paramount for their success.

You should give attribution to any author whose images you share by linking back to their original post. Just pinning an image without giving proper credit is considered copyright infringement according to Pinterest's policies.

Image credits allow others to track where an image has come from, which is why copying or pinning other people's photos without giving proper credit might get your account locked! However, this doesn't mean you should be overly redundant when crediting the original author.

Image credit rules of Tumblr

Tumblr is a very cluttered blogging platform that not only welcomes images but also videos, GIFs, and audio files. The image crediting rules on Tumblr is fairly similar to other blogging websites such as WordPress.

If you have found an image online that you want to use for your blog then just provide attribution or proper credit in the form of a link back to the website URL where the photo originated from in your post.

You can also create your content from scratch if you have taken photos yourself, so long as they do not belong to anybody else! Just remember though if someone recognizes their property being used without permission, this could lead to legal action being taken against you.

Image credit rules of Instagram

You can easily find photos online that would fit well with your brand or business, but it's important to remember the crediting image rules when sharing images to not get yourself in trouble!

Many social media platforms are taking steps in combating copyright infringement because of the number of people uploading copyright-protected images onto their profiles - just make sure you don't do this either!

Image credits allow others to track where an image has come from, which is why copying or pinning other people's photos without giving proper credit might get your account locked by these sites too!

If your photo appears on any website without attribution then write them a polite asking for proper credit to be given. If they fail to respond to your polite request then write a second email asking for the image to be taken down because it is infringing on your copyright.

If you have found an image that you want to use for your blog or website, just provide attribution or proper credit in the form of a link back to the website URL where the photo originated from in your post.

If you are crediting an image to Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram then make sure you link back to the original social media account where the photo was uploaded onto.

For example, if you have found a photo on Twitter that has not been pinned or credited back to its source then just provide attribution by linking back to the original tweet.

Image credit rules of GIPHY

You might not know this, but GIPHY has some strict rules regarding who can use their platform and how. So if you’re wondering what about copyright law applies to GIFs, here are a few of the key things you need to know:

  • GIFs created by individuals or companies with more than 25 employees must be credited back to those creators in any form that they are used (including on social media platforms).
  • This rule also extends to even smaller companies with less than 25 employees as long as at least one person is working for them who creates original content inside that company.
  • In other words, someone who works on marketing materials would count toward these numbers as well.
  • If your company has less than 25 employees, you must also have a written agreement in place with GIPHY before using their platform. In other words, you can’t just sign up for an account and start uploading content.
  • GIFs shared on social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, need to be credited back to the creator of that GIF if it is being used without permission.
  • Essentially this means that they should be tagged at your company’s handle so people know which business produced the video/storyboard/etc from which the GIF was pulled.
  • GIPHY might not come after you per se but could potentially sue over copyright infringement depending on what your specific circumstances are.
  • If you want to legally use a GIF that someone else created, you need to contact the creator and request permission.
  • You can do this by contacting GIPHY or through their website for more information on how to go about requesting a license.
  • However, don’t just assume it’s ok if they don’t respond.

There are two types of licenses offered:

  • Limited Rights License (LCL) - GIPHY gives these out when people want to use their content in an editorial context only. This means they cannot be used as part of ads or promotions but can be used in blog posts, articles, reviews, etc., which is what most small businesses would usually look for anyway.
  • *Full Use License (FUL)—This is a more expensive license that grants the rights to use GIFs in any way possible.

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 the rules for uploading and crediting images on Flickr:

  • You should credit any photographer whose work you upload, even if it's your own. It is not enough just to add a "photo by" line at the bottom of an image description, as this will be hidden from anyone who doesn't click on that particular photo page.
  • Instead, use the proper attribution in your original post text or metadata.
  • All photos must comply with copyright laws. That means they can only be uploaded by those who have rights to them (or their parent/legal guardian).
  • A good rule of thumb is "if I am using someone else’s photo, do I have permission?" If so, then it's OK to upload it.
  • This site is not intended as a marketplace for photos, so you can't sell your work here. You may only upload your original images or those released under an appropriate Creative Commons license.
  • If the image has been uploaded without attribution and/or in violation of copyright laws (e.g., by being in the public domain).

Image credits: ask for permission, follow the rules

If you are using the image for a non-commercial purpose, then attribution is not required. If you use the work commercially and don't attribute it to its creator then that could be considered copyright infringement in some cases.

This type of violation can lead to legal action against those who violate this rule by contacting their lawyer.

Asking permission before using the work is always a good idea, even if you are going to use it for non-commercial purposes.

Image credits ask for permission:

The easiest way to give image credit would be if it wasn't needed at all because you purchased the work of the image owner and are free to use it.

However, even in some of those cases, the scope of use could be limited, depending on the arrangement.


Image credit should be added to any image that you use on your website. A good rule of thumb is to add an attribution line with "image courtesy of" and then the name or URL for where the original photo comes from. If the photo is yours, you can use your name and a shortened URL to make sure that people know it's your work.

If you plan to use any image for commercial purposes, then you should get prior permission and pay for the photo or video.

Otherwise, there is a risk of getting sued by either site owner who may choose to protect their work from copyright infringement.

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