When you publish a report online or build a website, you're required to cite any third-party information or media that you use. This includes content and images. When a photographer puts an image on the Web for free use, meaning anyone can use the image for any purpose, he is counting on you to give him credit, which will help him drum up more business. You can obtain all of the relevant information you need to properly cite an image from the Web page where you found the image.
- Skill level:
Write down a very brief description of the image. You don't have to go into detail. If the image is of a grandfather clock, the description "Grandfather clock" will suffice.
Locate the date on the Web page from which you are sourcing the image. If you can't locate a date on the page, use the date you downloaded the image.
Combine all of the above information into a caption and place it below the picture on your website. The caption should follow this format:
Image description, available at website URL, date.
For example, the attribution for the grandfather clock image would be:
Grandfather clock, available at http://example.com/grandfatherclock.jpg, March 8th, 2011.
Tips and warnings
- Certain photographers may request that you include their name as well as the website address when you use their images.
- Be aware that you can only use online images clearly identified as "public domain" or stating that you are free to use them. For all other images, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner before you can use them on your own website.
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