Giving attribution to featured images

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I was wondering if anyone had a preferred method or plugin for giving attribution to featured images. It's simple to do in a blog post, but what about putting the credit on your homepage if the image is showing up in your slider or homepage thumbnail?

Seems I'm not the only one who sees the problem...

http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic...s-to-be-easier

http://annotum.uservoice.com/forums/...featured-image
#attribution #featured #giving #images
  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    Hey you can put a global credit in the footer, after the copyright info or you can also give the credit in your about page or links page.

    That's what I did when I used another company logo and trademark, I credited them from the footer. Also I designed a website for a client and they gave me a credit from their about page. It's really up to you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Pura Vida
      I've used Photodropper, but as others have commented, it doesn't credit the featured image...

      WordPress › Support ยป [Plugin: PhotoDropper] Attribution not working for featured images

      I was just wondering what others were doing. I'm guessing that 90%+ of the people will put the credit on the post page and call it a day. Actually...most don't even do that when sourcing creative commons photos.

      When you say you have a global links page, I don't think that will cut it. Most legal experts will say to have a direct link credit right under the photo, or at the bottom of the page...not linking to another page on your site, but directly to the author.

      Originally Posted by tamalanwar View Post

      Hey you can put a global credit in the footer, after the copyright info or you can also give the credit in your about page or links page.

      That's what I did when I used another company logo and trademark, I credited them from the footer. Also I designed a website for a client and they gave me a credit from their about page. It's really up to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    If you are using someone else's graphics in your slider or header, put the attribution in your ABOUT US page.
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    • Profile picture of the author Pura Vida
      You're the 2nd person to mention the About page...and I still don't get the reason. If you drop the attribute at the bottom of the post page, how is the About page any better? You're still linking from an internal page ...whether it's an About page or the post page...and using the photo on both the post page and as a featured image on the home page.

      No credit is being given directly from the homepage.

      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      If you are using someone else's graphics in your slider or header, put the attribution in your ABOUT US page.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    I was sent a PM to offer my two cents on the issue.

    If you are using another person's picture without permission, giving attribution is not a defense to copyright infringement. Rather, it is evidence to be used against you showing an intentional violation of copyright since you knew the picture was not yours to use.

    If you are needing to give attribution per a license, such as the creative commons referenced in the thread, the most common, and in most situations proper means of giving attribution is immediately under or next to the picture / photo. Proximity and being noticeable are usually the key issues.

    However, when attribution in this manner is not feasible, you want to make a good faith effort to provide the required attribution. Websites are so varied it is impossible to address every possible situation - so please don't ask me if this or that is legal. Complications also arise with mobile sites where information gets reduced or changed.

    One example, I have used is a Photo Attribution Page, linked from the home page (or wherever the picture is found). On the Photo Attribution Page I describe the photo, where it is located, and give the required attribution. Think of this like endnotes to a book.
    Photos on Home Page Top Carousel

    Acura CX provided by Wikimedia Foundation - link

    Gas Can courtesy of John Doe on Flickr - link

    etc.

    If you are using WordPress and have a plugin to do this for you all the better.

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    • Profile picture of the author Pura Vida
      Thanks for your expert advice.

      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      I was sent a PM to offer my two cents on the issue.

      If you are using another person's picture without permission, giving attribution is not a defense to copyright infringement. Rather, it is evidence to be used against you showing an intentional violation of copyright since you knew the picture was not yours to use.

      If you are needing to give attribution per a license, such as the creative commons referenced in the thread, the most common, and in most situations proper means of giving attribution is immediately under or next to the picture / photo. Proximity and being noticeable are usually the key issues.

      However, when attribution in this manner is not feasible, you want to make a good faith effort to provide the required attribution. Websites are so varied it is impossible to address every possible situation - so please don't ask me if this or that is legal. Complications also arise with mobile sites where information gets reduced or changed.

      One example, I have used is a Photo Attribution Page, linked from the home page (or wherever the picture is found). On the Photo Attribution Page I describe the photo, where it is located, and give the required attribution. Think of this like endnotes to a book.
      Photos on Home Page Top Carousel

      Acura CX provided by Wikimedia Foundation - link

      Gas Can courtesy of John Doe on Flickr - link

      etc.

      If you are using WordPress and have a plugin to do this for you all the better.

      .
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