Give Photo Credit for Copyright Images from Bigstock

Give copyright credit to the contributor of your images

Have you ever considered how much work photographers and graphic designers put into the images we use for our websites? I’m glad I don’t have to make these high quality images. And I’m happy to respect the intellectual property rights of the contributors to image stock sites. Even if they don’t require that we give each photo credit on our websites and marketing materials, we should gladly pop the information in at the end of each blog post.

Did you know Bigstock® requires you to give photo credit to the contributors and/or Bigstock when you use their images, even if you’ve purchased them with a subscription or credit plan?

How many times have you checked off the box that says you’ve read and agreed to the privacy policy and terms of use, without actually reading the documents?

“Who has the time?” you ask. Well, when it comes to dealing with Bigstock® Images you better make the time. You can get into a lot of hot water and be sued for a lot of money if you don’t abide by their terms.

What Bigstock® says about giving photo credit to the contributors and/or

  1. “You shall provide a link back to (where applicable) -OR- provide a credit to the Bigstock contributor and to Bigstock in connection with the use of anyContent in an editorial context. Such credit shall be in substantially the following form: “Name of Artist/”
  2. In the event that any Content is used in connection with a film, television broadcast, documentary or other audio-video or multimedia project, you shall use reasonable commercial efforts to accord the Bigstock contributor and Bigstock a credit as provided above.
  3. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless any other provider of stock media is credited, credit attributions are not required in connection with the use of Images in advertising.
  4. The unintentional omission of the aforesaid credit will not be a breach of the terms hereof provided that you cure such omission following email notice from Bigstock.”

It’s also helpful to know that Bigstock® images come under different licenses.

If the image has a standard license:

“Bigstock images are provided under a royalty-free license, which lets you use them almost any way you please.

A few important exceptions:

* You cannot resell the images.
* Under a standard license, you cannot use the images on a product where the image is a dominant feature, such as posters and postcards.
* You cannot use the images as part of a logo or trademark.
* You cannot use images of people in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive – please review the license for more specifics regarding this topic.
* Some Bigstock images, such as those depicting celebrities or news events, are restricted for editorial use only. Learn more .”

If the image has an editorial license:

“Most Bigstock images are cleared for commercial use. The rest are labeled as Editorial Use Images. Editorial Use Images are photos of recognizable people and places without model or property releases. These images are suitable to illustrate news articles, but are not cleared for commercial use.

Examples of Editorial Use images are: News events, Sports events, Concerts, Street scenes, and Celebrities.

These photos are normally taken in public places. These images can be legally used for editorial purposes such as news reporting, criticism or commentary on the subject of the image, and parody. You may not use these images for commercial, trade, promotional and advertising uses.”

Bigstock also limit the number of times you can use an image – 250,000 times.

How could you ever use an image that many times? If you put the image in a Video Sales Letter and you have over 250,000 viewers, or you put it in an ebook, you could easier exceed these numbers. As the Usage Page states:

“Incorporate Content into film, video, multimedia presentations, or advertising for broadcast, public performance, or sale provided that: (i) the distribution is fewer than two hundred fifty thousand (250,000) copies; or (ii) the intended audience (excluding video distributed solely on the internet at no cost to viewers) consists of fewer than two hundred fifty thousand (250,000) viewers, in the aggregate;

Use Content in eBooks, including multi seat license electronic textbooks, provided that the sales or distribution of any such eBook does not exceed two hundred fifty ®thousand (250,000) copies in the aggregate;”

After reading the terms of use and you still have questions, go to the Bigstock® website footer and start a live chat, or call  1-855-272-5125 to ask specific questions. Ask them if it’s sufficient to put this simple credit in your footer: “Images courtesy of

When you download so many images over the course of the year, how can you keep track of who each contributor is, so that you proper photo credit it to him or her?

You could keep a Word document, but the following process is a much easier method that I use all the time:

Purchase and download the image.

Immediately, open the backend of the image by right clicking on the image. You’ll see the following:

right click on an image to see the menu of the backend of that image to access the property details for copyright and Search Engine Optimiization

Select Properties at the bottom of the menu. Then you’ll see this…

Right click on an image to see the backend where you can record valuable informaton about copyright and SEO

Select the Details Tab and you’ll see this…

Find the Property Details so you can add important copyright and SEO information

Hover over the Copyright option and a box will appear to the right where you can enter information for future use, as shown below. I’ve enter the a fictitious contributor name – Cooter, the company – Bigstock, and the ID number, to demonstrate what I mean.

Enter copyright information into the Properties Details for safe keeping

Now any time I need the copyright information to this particular image, it’s loaded right inside the backend of the image. So if I need to give photo credit, I’ve got it at my fingertips. This is so much easier than keeping a document or notebook.


Intellectual Property Image courtesy of vaeenma/

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