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Why isn't the photographer's name included when a photo is sold through Alamy and published?  I just saw one of my photos within an article but the credit only showed /Alamy Stock Photo.

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The decision sits with the publisher. Very much a matter of chance or whimsy or competence or practice or protocol or star sign.

 

Be safe

 

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It's actually a condition of sale for full credit to be included. But Alamy can't enforce it, or at least has no interest in enforcing it.

As a matter of fact, in the UK and EU, failing to credit a non-news image is actually a breach of copyright.

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Who cares as long as we get paid?!

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All valid points above. One advantage of a credit is if it's found in a search and no sale has been notified after 3 months after being published it can be chased.

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this has been going on for a very long time. There have always been a few book and magazine publishers take the trouble to include full on-page credits amd many book publishers who would include a page of credits at the back of the book. Sometimes it's just down to art directors and designers who make their own rules as they go along. American and French publishers tend to behave better than here in the UK. Similarly, most agreements stipulated that the publisher was supposed to supply two copies of the publication. That was also ignored 90% of the time. Some agencies kept a few tear sheets for photographers but most opted to keep photographers distant from end users

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