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Early this year I asked Alamy about the problem with no credit info to the author/ agency, where the image is taken from and here's what I got back:

 

"We ask all customers to credit us and the photographer as it’s in just as much our interest as yours. We apologize for the error and we’ve notified our Sales team regarding this so that such errors can be avoided in the future."

 

I want to believe this will work better in future, so we don't have to waste our time and good name when searching for infringements and maybe asking clients when/ if they had paid... That would be in a bad taste.

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For some reason photo credits have fallen out of fashion.  I see this type of thing with many of my images being used in an editorial fashion.  Back when I worked as a photo editor, it was a great concern to make sure the photographer got credit.  We respected the hard work of the photographer and wanted  him to get recognition, but you also bring up a good point when policing your images.  If it doesn't have a credit, then we can only assume it was stolen.

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For some reason photo credits have fallen out of fashion.  I see this type of thing with many of my images being used in an editorial fashion.  Back when I worked as a photo editor, it was a great concern to make sure the photographer got credit.  We respected the hard work of the photographer and wanted  him to get recognition, but you also bring up a good point when policing your images.  If it doesn't have a credit, then we can only assume it was stolen.

A friend of mine who used to do sports photography in Germany told me that he went to court against an infringer. He said that since the magazine didn't credit him (in addition to not paying him) and the court (I think he said) doubled the judgement against the infringer for that reason. That was in the print days.

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