Please acknowledge the creator

This week’s blogging prompt is Photo’s or something to do with photo’s. Unlike last week, I find this topic very easy to discuss because acknowledging others work, particularly photos taken from the web, is a topic that I teach and that I am passionate about.

There is a lot of information on the web to help people learn how to attribute images correctly. For example: The educator’s guide to copyright, fair use and creative commons (Waters, 2017), and my own website: Technology Toolbox for Educators (TT4Ed), copyright page (jennip98, 2016). However, many people, fellow Edublogger club bloggers included, still use images that are copyright protected and do not acknowledge where they sourced the image from.

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Google search for “leadership” images

A quick Google search for “Leadership” images gave me the following result (images on the left and my apologies to copyright owners, as I endeavour to explain ethical use of others work). The only image in the top row that has information about the source of the image is the 2nd image and the author of the blog “Diplo learning corner” where the image is sourced from has done a great job of attributing all images (Creative Commons licensed, Public domain, etc.) on this page. Although, unfortunately, the link provided for this particular image is incorrect (correct link). The other 3 images in the top row are taken from websites that are either copyright protected (e.g. 1st & 3rd images Kick of Joy see Terms & disclaimer) or have no license information (e.g. 4th image – Carnegie Mellon University), which means they are automatically copyright protected and should not be used by others.

langwitches, 2014, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I advise all my students if they do not know the source of an image or if there is no notice on the web page about how the image is licensed then DO NOT use it. If they create their own images, then they should add information advising it was created by them and how it is licensed so that others know if they can reuse it or not.

I believe the best practice is to add a text attribution AND a link on the image itself that will take the reader to the original source of the image to ALL images you put on the web. Example 1: If you click on the Google search image above it will take you to the search page results. Example 2: If you click on the image below it will take you to the original author’s Flickr page where I sourced the image).