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The Definition of a Photo Credit Line

who took the picture?

The internet is a great place to share and collaborate, but borrowing photos from someone’s website or social media site without their permission is not allowed. Whenever you use someone else’s photo, you must ask the photographer’s permission. You must also post photo credits along with your website URL along with your photos.

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What’s on your photo credit limit

Photo credit identifies the photographer, illustrator, or copyright holder for an image in a publication or website. Photo credits can appear with the photo, as part of a caption, or elsewhere on the page. Photo credits are the same as the photographer’s author of the work.

Publications usually have a standard format for wording or placement of authors and image credits, as specified in style guides. Photographers and copyright holders often request specific text or offer suggested text for a photo or artwork. Links to the photographer’s website or other sources may be required or suggested for use on the Internet.

Credit Line Example

Some examples of photo credit limits include:

  • Photo by Art T. Photog
  • A. Illustration in Illustrator
  • Image courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress
  • © 2021 House Clip Art
  • Art T. Fotog / XYZ images
  • © Art T. Fotog 2020
  • Pretty Picture by Art T. Fotog is licensed under CC-BY 2.0.

photo line arrangement

Photo credits usually appear right below or on the edge of the photo, next to the photo. When using multiple photos from the same photographer, one photo credit is sufficient. If not styled, use a small 6-point sans-serif font on the left or right side of the photo rather than a bold font.

If the photo is used borderless (extending beyond the edges of the paper or website), place slightly larger credits within the photo near the edges. In this case, you may need to remove the credit limit from the image for readability. If it is not readable, it is not counted.

Terms you need to know

Before taking pictures on the Internet, check your legal status and any restrictions the owner may have placed on them. In particular, look for the following terms:

  • Copyright ©: The copyright of the photo is immediately copyrighted by the photographer. Although not required, look for watermarks on photos. You must obtain permission to use the photo.
  • fair use: Fair use means the legal right to use a copyrighted photo solely for educational, personal or research purposes, or for the public benefit, not for commercial purposes.
  • creative commons: A Creative Commons license refers to a copyrighted photo provided by the owner under certain conditions.
  • public domain: Public domain images are not copyrighted either because the owner has died or the owner has given up the copyright. No photo credits required.

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The Definition of a Photo Credit Line

Who took that picture?

Although the internet is a great place to share and collaborate, it isn’t OK to borrow photos from a person’s website or social media site without permission. Any time you use another person’s photo, you should ask the photographer’s permission. You should also publish a photo credit line, sometimes accompanied by a website URL, with the photo.

mrgao / Getty Images What’s in a Photo Credit Line

A photo credit line identifies the photographer, illustrator, or copyright holder for images in a publication or on a website. The photo credit line may appear adjacent to a photo, as part of the caption, or elsewhere on the page. The photo credit line is the photographer’s equivalent of the byline for the author of a written work.

Publications typically have a standard format for the wording or placement of bylines and photo credits specified in their style guide. Photographers and copyright holders often require specific wording or offer suggested phrasing to accompany photographs or illustrations they supply. In the case of web use, linking to the photographer’s site or another source may be required or suggested.

Credit Line Examples

Some examples of photo credit lines include:

Photo by Art T. Fotog
Drawings provided by A. Illustrator
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
© 2021 House of Clip Art
Art T. Fotog / XYZ Images
© Art T. Fotog 2020
“Pretty Picture” by Art T. Fotog is licensed under CC-BY 2.0 
Photo Line Placement

Usually, the photo credit appears adjacent to the photo, either directly underneath or positioned along one edge. If several photos from the same photographer are used, one photo credit is sufficient. If no style is specified, use a small—6 point—sans serif font, not bold, up the left or right side of the photo.

If the photo is used as a full bleed—it runs off the edge of the paper or website—place the credit line inside the photo near the edge, at a slightly larger size. In this case, it may be necessary to reverse the credit line out of the image for legibility. If it isn’t readable, it doesn’t count.

Terms You Should Know

Before you take a photo from the internet, look for its legal standing and any restrictions placed on it by the owner. Specifically, look for these terms:

Copyright: A photo is copyrighted as soon as the photographer takes it. Look for a watermark on the photo, although one is not required. You must seek permission to use the photo.
Fair Use: Fair Use refers to the legal right to use a copyrighted photo only for educational, personal, or research purposes, or to benefit the public—not for commercial gain.
Creative Commons: A Creative Commons license refers to a copyrighted photo that the owner has made available for use under certain specific requirements. 
Public Domain: No copyright exists for public domain images, either because the person who owned it has died or the owner relinquished the copyright. No photo credit line is required.

#Definition #Photo #Credit #Line

The Definition of a Photo Credit Line

Who took that picture?

Although the internet is a great place to share and collaborate, it isn’t OK to borrow photos from a person’s website or social media site without permission. Any time you use another person’s photo, you should ask the photographer’s permission. You should also publish a photo credit line, sometimes accompanied by a website URL, with the photo.

mrgao / Getty Images What’s in a Photo Credit Line

A photo credit line identifies the photographer, illustrator, or copyright holder for images in a publication or on a website. The photo credit line may appear adjacent to a photo, as part of the caption, or elsewhere on the page. The photo credit line is the photographer’s equivalent of the byline for the author of a written work.

Publications typically have a standard format for the wording or placement of bylines and photo credits specified in their style guide. Photographers and copyright holders often require specific wording or offer suggested phrasing to accompany photographs or illustrations they supply. In the case of web use, linking to the photographer’s site or another source may be required or suggested.

Credit Line Examples

Some examples of photo credit lines include:

Photo by Art T. Fotog
Drawings provided by A. Illustrator
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
© 2021 House of Clip Art
Art T. Fotog / XYZ Images
© Art T. Fotog 2020
“Pretty Picture” by Art T. Fotog is licensed under CC-BY 2.0 
Photo Line Placement

Usually, the photo credit appears adjacent to the photo, either directly underneath or positioned along one edge. If several photos from the same photographer are used, one photo credit is sufficient. If no style is specified, use a small—6 point—sans serif font, not bold, up the left or right side of the photo.

If the photo is used as a full bleed—it runs off the edge of the paper or website—place the credit line inside the photo near the edge, at a slightly larger size. In this case, it may be necessary to reverse the credit line out of the image for legibility. If it isn’t readable, it doesn’t count.

Terms You Should Know

Before you take a photo from the internet, look for its legal standing and any restrictions placed on it by the owner. Specifically, look for these terms:

Copyright: A photo is copyrighted as soon as the photographer takes it. Look for a watermark on the photo, although one is not required. You must seek permission to use the photo.
Fair Use: Fair Use refers to the legal right to use a copyrighted photo only for educational, personal, or research purposes, or to benefit the public—not for commercial gain.
Creative Commons: A Creative Commons license refers to a copyrighted photo that the owner has made available for use under certain specific requirements. 
Public Domain: No copyright exists for public domain images, either because the person who owned it has died or the owner relinquished the copyright. No photo credit line is required.

#Definition #Photo #Credit #Line


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