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Please Credit Properly

A companion stamp for Artist Rights!

Anyway, we all know crediting is good. It shows appreciation to the original creator, and helps other people locate the source material too.


How to do it wrong...

"Credit goes to whoever made this."
This statement is 110% disrespectful. You might as well not include a credit if you're too lazy to find the original creator.

"Stock photo credit: Flickr"
Flickr doesn't own people's photos; And not all of it is free stock.

"Credit: Google image search"
The images you find in Google search don't belong to Google! Crediting like this doesn't help anyone.

"Credit: {insert game/movie/book company here}"
These things are not your free resources to play with... Unless the original creator published them AS resources.

"Credit: Anime render gallery/scan site/screenshot site"
These people don't have the authority over intellectual property rights just because they scanned/cut-out/cropped/collected the images. Seek permission and credit the ORIGINAL source.

"I don't know who originally made this, but if you want it removed, tell me."
Actually, if you had asked beforehand, you might not have to worry about them wanting the work removed. And if you liked it so much in the first place, you should show appreciation to the original owner by seeking them out and getting their permission. You'd want the same for yourself... Right?

FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
(Short answer: No.)

Updated: 30/April/2012
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Trisha611's avatar
Why credit why?
Galactivon's avatar
Definitely using this in my descriptions now
BirdsistersStock's avatar
I might just use this under every single one of my stock pics from now on.... this is really great!
artbymba's avatar
Hello! I have linked back to your stamp and quoted you in my article:
Copyright? Stock? Art Theft? Don't Panic.
taruto's avatar
Thanks for letting me know.

And thanks for the informative article. :D
artbymba's avatar
Of course. You're welcome. :)
KaiyaStock's avatar
I'm using this on my profile page. Hope that's okay :)
StagetechyArt's avatar
o-o I will be useing this for  stuff I need to be posting in the future XD. 
Tris-Marie's avatar
used in my journal thanks :D
InvisibleJune's avatar
Anonycat's avatar
Very useful stamp indeed.
Have a fave and a llama badge.
Gwiazdkax3's avatar
Awesome, use it on my page :)
Sunny-X-Ray's avatar
Simple and useful. Thank you. ^^
DJMadameNoir's avatar
Is it all right if I use this stamp in my group's rules? [link]
taruto's avatar
By all means, please do! :)
pralinkova-princezna's avatar
Must fave for me. Most of people who use my stock are not able to credit me as I wish, both with my account and the image itself. :iconfacepalmplz: After I remind them a small percent still refuses and sees it as unnecessary. :/ It's really disrespectful.

Is there also a PLZ account for this? I don't have a sub.
taruto's avatar
Thanks for your comment. :D

There is not plz account for this stamp. You can make one if you wish.
pralinkova-princezna's avatar
No need to, as I found. Pictures work even without subs in journals.
1000yearseternalmaze's avatar
Is it enough to mention the artist`s name?
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