FAQ: How should graphics be credited?

All graphics include a “credit” to GRAPHIC NEWS, usually at the bottom, to indicate where the graphic came from -- literally who should get the credit. Whenever a graphic is published this credit must always be included.

  • Why are credits important? Proper crediting is essential to protect copyright. With the credit to GRAPHIC NEWS anyone interested in using the graphic knows who to contact for permission.
  • What is the difference between a credit, sources and the copyright owner? Credits do not necessarily indicate the copyright owner as graphics are a composite product. The information and words could come from one source, the drawn elements from another source, and picture elements from another. The credit identifies who is responsible overall. Sources indicate where the information and “ingredients” contained within a graphic came from.
  • Can we modify the graphics? Yes, of course you can! But if you “improve” on what we supply, you need to take some of the credit. A credit to GRAPHIC NEWS/PUBLICATION would indicate that the original graphic came from Graphic News but was modified by the publication. If insufficient space is available for a full credit, or if a graphic element is used in isolation, the credit could be PUBLICATION/GN or GN respectively.
  • Can we use the graphic elements in our own graphics? Yes, you can use the drawn elements, but not any picture elements. And if you use the drawn elements you must remember that we own the copyright of these elements so the credit should include GN, for example GN/PUBLICATION.
  • Can graphics be used as visual reference? Yes, but permission is required from the copyright holder. If you use Graphic News graphics as a source, your graphic should note Source: GRAPHIC NEWS.


21 days to go until NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.


Over the coming days I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @ graphicnews.com



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