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You can find various definitions of attribution all over the internet, but many of them don’t talk specifically about what attribution is when related to images or text on a website. 

According to Princeton.edu, attribution is “Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing; for example, “the attribution of language to birds”. 

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See what I mean?  Explaining what attribution is with an example about the language of birds isn’t necessarily helpful.

So here is my definition of what attribution is when related to images or text on websites. 

Simply put, attribution is the act of giving the original author of the content credit for their work.

People can think of attribution similar to a citation in a research paper. 

It isn’t fair to take another person’s work and try to pass it off as your own.  Knowing this, attribution is simply the act of giving that credit where credit is due. 

If you’re looking for images to use on your own website at a very reasonable price, I personally recommend that you use Shutterstock.

With this platform, you don’t need to share any attribution because you purchase the right to use the image at a very affordable rate.

There are other types of image usage rights to consider as well. These include:

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