Crediting Request

posted by cx_ed, May 30, 2007 4:20 PM — 7 comments

All of my photographs (with the exception of a few) have a 'No usage restrictions / normal blah blah apply'... BUT...

ALL of my images have the text (under image description) that reads:

"NB: Credit to read "Photo by Dominic Morel" when publishing / using in South Africa."

This is for two reasons:

1. I do make some additional income off my pictures in South Africa and want control over where they appear.

2. I do not want to ration use for the rest of the world (South Africa makes a small percentage of SXC's users), or be flooded for permission requests.

Now one local company has taken to publishing my photographs and really having a good old gloat about the fact they DON'T HAVE TO credit me, even when I have politely requested they do so - not to mention making the images available in the first place. This is a case of schoolkid maturity really ruining it for eveyone else...

OK SXC users / moderators... Do I put a restriction on ALL the photographs or could somehting else be done? I don't want to restrict use internationally, only in the country where I live.



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1. posted by shar, Jun 5, 2007 10:10 AM

I felt highly indignant on your behalf when I read you blog. Then I looked up the usage rights on SXC images. There are very definite Mays and May Nots and some advise on where to get further help. It's up to you on how far you would like to take this.
Sharing is what SXC is all about. I feel that to start tying up pics in red tape may hinder the honest SXC user more than help prevent exploitation by thieves.

2. posted by cx_ed, Jun 6, 2007 8:58 AM

Agreed Shar, which is why I still maintain a "No usage Restriction" policy on my photographs.

But is it still a question of manners... Call it old fashioned but I have requested a credit on every photograph... and then only in South Africa!!! I know exactly what the usage rights of SXC say, which is why I added my own condition (which, stupidly, I thought people were good enough to take to heart).

3. posted by helmant, Jul 10, 2007 5:49 AM

I always put credit on photographers that I used their image. The reason I join this community were easier for me to find who's the photographer, instead of searching using Google or else. I also use only the "standard restriction apply" photos, like yours, but still credit the original photographers.

FYI, I'm writin' some articles.

4. posted by StommePoes, Dec 29, 2009 6:40 AM

Usually I use images from sxc on websites, where often the boss or designer doesn't want any text to show. So instead I add the information either in the alt text and/or in the CSS. Unfortunately only web dev nerds look at code. Like helmant, to remember where I got them, I include the foto# and real name if I know it.

I also won't use images from people here like clix who are very concerned about credit. Anyone who states they must be credited in full view I either won't use or would make sure I am allowed to put crediting text. Often you don't see credits on stockfotos on web sites though.

I also use either the contact here or post in the comments where I've used the image, and would take anything down or add credits if someone contacted me back and said they wanted that. It's only fair.

5. posted by doc_, Jan 4, 2011 2:32 AM

I found users in other (overseas) countries Credit the use at all times, but it is possible that users in South Africa simply don't have the same business ethics to credit you for your work Dominic, which is the least they can do. I have had users from other countries send my copies of brochures, almanacs, flyers etc where it was used, nothing too much trouble to "reward" the photographer, but I can;t say the same from South African users. - Good luck, your work is great!

6. posted by Recliners, Jun 21, 2013 4:09 PM

Very nice work! I used your egg in my blogspot post. Thank you!

7. posted by shomyo, Jul 22, 2013 10:35 PM

Dominic, do you maintain your "No usage restriction" for all your images for use in India, except for printing your pictures and selling them as standalones or for pronography/sedition?

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