Stickler for Credit
People are so lazy. And with the internet, we’ve become even lazier.
I’m a stickler for giving credit when I am referencing something or someone’s work. This has been ingrained in me since school and it’s probably the reason why I made sure that every paper I ever wrote was cited and sourced properly.
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks this way, especially when it comes to photos or even other pieces of art, and oh boy does it irk me.
Photographs, art, and designs are not to be used freely without credit and in many cases, payment. Photographers, artists, and designers take time to craft their art and really, it is their’s to begin with. Copying and pasting it from a Google search does not make it your’s.
Here’s how I usually explain it to others: if you worked on something and put it out in the interwebs for the world to see, but someone somewhere grabbed it and used it as their own without asking you or attributing it to you, how would it make you feel?
It’s outright stealing. Even if it’s a cell/smart phone photo, it’s stealing. The very least you can do is provide attribution. You should really ask the individual if you can use their work, unless they have already specifically stated how the photo/design/piece of art can be used (which a lot of the time they do).
It really is NOT ok. Stop doing it. Give credit where it is due. When required, ask permission.
Oh and the above photo is mine.