How to Give Credit for a Photo Source on Blogspot


Add the right image to your Blogspot blog and you might turn an ordinary post into an extraordinary one. If you sample photos on blogs around the Web, you may discover copyrighted photos that have no attribution. Before you upload another image to a Blogspot post, learn how to do it legally and give credit to the photo's owner.

Copyrights and Consequences

  • If you don’t get permission to use or display a copyright owner’s work, you infringe on the owner’s copyright. Google may remove your post or blog if you commit copyright infringement. Google can also terminate your account for using images and other materials without permission. Finally, you may suffer financial loss if the photo’s copyright owner sues you for damages. Don't worry about adding public domain pictures to your Blogspot posts; by definition, you don't need permission to use those.

Copyright Licenses Vary

  • Different types of copyright licenses exist. Copyright-free images, for example, often appear on sites that offer free photos. Even if a site advertises images as copyright-free, it's best to review a photo’s terms of use before you use it on Blogspot. The Creative Commons license is an example of an open license that gives you permission to use a photo or other work without asking for permission. Before you use an image that has a Creative Commons license, review its terms and conditions to learn how to attribute the photo. There are several types of Creative Commons licenses; some are more restrictive than others.

Give Credit When Due

  • If you must use a photo that’s not in the public domain, look for citation instructions near the photo or on the Web page where you found it. For example, you may find instructions that explain how the owner would like you to credit the photo on your blog. Sometimes a photo owner might ask you to post a link with the photo that points back to the owner’s website. When a photo has no attribution instructions, look for contact information near the photo, contact the owner and ask for permission to use the photo on Blogspot. Follow the instructions the owner provides.

Display Proper Web Ettiqutte

  • If a photo owner provides no specific attribution instructions, type a professional attribution at the end of your blog page -- for example, "Photo Courtesy of [photo owner or original website]." If possible, hyperlink the attribution to the Web page where you originally found the photo. This simple gesture shows your blog visitors that you understand copyrights and respect the rights of the owner. Your attribution information may also help the owner by sending traffic to his site.

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