I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about photo credits and moral rights of artists - a topic that’s very close to my heart, being an image maker but I couldn’t have put it together as well as Catherine Wilson from Catherine & Grace. #createorcredit
Whether an artist/creator (“author”) is commissioned to produce work or receive some sort of benefits in return, it’s in the Australian law that the author has the right to be credited for their work - no matter where published. Works here refer to products (not necessarily tangible such as digital images) that require skill, experience and time to produce, egdrawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, music, novels, textbooks, plays, film scripts, performance art, craft works, computer programs, films... (Unless, the author wants to remain anonymous.)
I’ve had my fair share of experience having work published without credit (or just incorrectly credited, like name spelling) and worse, my work cropped, or having app filters slapped onto it. Breaks my heart.
It’s great to have social media where everyone shares and appreciates works of art and does right by creators of work. Also, if you’re not sure whether you have the licensing rights to use the image (where, what and how you can use it) - contact the author - it may take awhile but it’s better to do the right thing than not.
More details on artist’s moral rights can be found on the Arts Law Centre of Australia or the Australian Copyright Council website. But for now, Catherine’s article sums it up very well. And nothing a cute cat photo can’t fix - here’s Mr Big making an appearance - he has discovered my yarns... (!)
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