Too many issues with crediting still remain, even if, in my mind at least, it's a very easy thing to fix.
To begin, why do I need a credit list?
There are two reasons.
1. You are giving credit to the people who have made the stuff you use. Every single image you use to make your graphics is the result of someone else's time and energy, and thus, in thanks, you are giving them something in return. Since we rarely pay these people for the use of their resources, as we would for a set of paints and paintbrushes, we instead give credit.
2. You are sharing your resources with others so that they, too, can make use of these wonderful things with which you produce your graphics. If someone asks me where I got a texture or image, I can right away go to my resource list and pass along the link. We are a community of artists, and therefore we share what we can.
In order to receive promotion, you must have a credit list. If you are a Staff Artist without a credit list, we will hound you until you include one, and if necessary, we will threaten you with demotion. I have kept a credit list since 2005, so I have no sympathy with anyone who complains - it is a safeguard against being accused of ripping and it shows that you respect the people who made the stuff you use.
TDA allows artists to post their credit lists onsite or within their galleries, usually at the bottom. Off-site locations such as Livejournal, tumblr, blogs, and personal websites are great places to store your resources because you can take up as much space as you want and you'll be less likely to lose it in case we suffer another crash. Links are not required - as long as you include names and provide direction to the site (ex: "username @ DA"), we're happy.
But how do I know what to include?
Here is a list of things you should always include:
1. any place you obtain stock images, special photography, screencaptures, or scans from magazines, etc.
This does not include sites for film/tv promos, most images of celebrities, or images specifically labelled as "public domain". This means that "celebrityname.net gallery" is not necessary to include because most of those images are regarded as "public". However, "Home of the Nutty" you would because those are screencaptures that someone especially made, and it's polite to credit them - every set of screencaptures is unique, that's the difference.
2. all textures, brushes, and other special additives
So if I download a texture pack from tumblr, I would include in my list the name of the maker (and with tumblr, always trace back to the source). This does not include fonts unless the site where you got the font requires you to give credit.
3. any place you obtained something you have used in your graphics where they have asked you to give credit.
As TDA's copyright rules clearly state, if the source requests credit, then you add the name to your list. Simple as that.
What should I not include?
If I see any of the following sites in your credit list, I will not be responsible for my behaviour:
1. Google Images (or any image search engine)
2. Dafont.com - because fonts tend not to require crediting. Do check with the maker, though, just in case.
3. Photobucket.com or tinypic.com
4. tumblr (too general - you must always include the specific username)
5. Deviantart (again, too general - be specific!)
6. things you made yourself (including screencaptures, photography, etc.)
Another important thing to note is that you should keep, somewhere, a complete list of credits for all of your resources, whether you've used them for years or have them saved on your computer without ever having used them. The more prepared you are now, the more time you will save in the future. This is the benefit of the off-site credit list because you can throw everything into it and just leave it.
How should my credit list look?
As neat and understandable as possible. You could, for instance, list all the Deviantart accounts together, or you could organize by type of resource.... anything works as long as it makes sense.
Please check your current credit lists to make sure that they are sound and solid for promotion time, and for any time we may invade your gallery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask because we would rather have you ask so that we don't have to hunt you down with angry messages.
Edited by Violet, 29 April 2013 - 03:04 PM.