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16-11-09, 05:19 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Originally Posted by
Flake - Of course the legal process could force a paper credit a photographer, but it would only happen after the event and be meaningless.
The Right to Attribution, part of the Designs and Copyright Act, only enforces attribution that has been previously agreed by provider and end user. So if you send images in on spec there is no such agreement unless you clearly state a mandatory byline in the caption.
Ultimately though editorial use is not subject to attribution requirements as laid out in the above act, primarily due to the fact that a single publication maybe using hundreds of images and bylining every use would be time and space consuming.
So unfortunately newspapers are under no legal obligation whatsoever to byline. But in doing so it saves wasted phonecalls from secondary buyers contacting the picture desk.
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