Photo Attribution

You might have noticed the recent changes to how pictures are uploaded and displayed on Spock. We are currently working with several photographers to ensure pictures on Spock are fairly credited to the person who took the photo.  We are implementing these changes based on their recommendations.

Current Attribution

  • Spock always links back to the source of a photograph. We include the Spock search result of who uploaded the photo, and, if uploaded from the Internet, the original URL of the uploaded photo.
  • Every Spock user agrees to the following statement every time they upload a new picture:By adding this photo, I, {user name}, certify that I have the right to distribute this photo and that it does not violate Spock’s Terms of Service.
  • Attribution was added to the main Spock search result page, and can now be viewed by clicking the magnifying glass over any picture.We’ve improved over our previous layout, which required users to go to the Pictures section of a search result in order to view attribution.

In Development

  • Spock is working on a feature that will allow photographers to claim pictures that they have taken. This feature may take some time to develop, as necessary in order to prevent spam.
  • We’re making attribution text larger and more prominent.

We’d love to hear any feedback you have on how to make our picture process as fair as possible. Please leave any suggestions you may have below, and we’ll try to incorporate them into new versions of Spock.

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