I looked for an image for decorating the main page of my website. I found a great image in Wikipedia. The license allows me to use the image, but, I must give credit to the creators (which includes their name and a link to their Flickr page).

My question is: what is the best way to give credit about the image, such that the page design will not be harmed?

In case it matters: my page is very simple - it contains only the image (floated right), a heading, a small amount of text, and some links. But, my question is more general and probably applies to many different websites.

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    If it's already stated you must include their name and link, then are you asking a design orientated question? Maybe this is more suited to ux.stackexchange.com ?
    – MrWhite
    Oct 31, 2013 at 17:16
  • @w3d Maybe you are right. Can you migrate it to there? Oct 31, 2013 at 17:52

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You may add a description in the alt text, and wrap the image in a link, like so:

<a href="http://www.creditedsite.com"><img src="http://www.creditedsite.com/img.jpg" alt="credits goes here"/></a>
  • Does this satisfy the copyright requirements? Nov 1, 2013 at 10:22
  • If you are really worried you can add a footnote under the image with visible text. It doesn't have to big, just barely readable. Nov 1, 2013 at 10:31
  • OK, that is what I finally did. Nov 1, 2013 at 12:43
  • Yes, it's probably the best idea if the authors care about credits. But most people don't, really, regarding images. The internet is completely saturated with stolen images. Nov 4, 2013 at 8:23
  • This isn't what alt text is for. Most people never see the content of the alt text - it is supposed to be an alternative to the image, not to provide information about it.
    – bdsl
    Mar 29, 2016 at 21:34

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