Attribution Matters

As I noted in today’s blog post for EC&I831 class, I’ve been reading Jaron Lanier. And doing that makes me think about attribution. At the very least, I would like to attribute as much of the stuff I find on the web as possible, particularly stuff that is created “from scratch”, both textual and visual.

So today I followed a link from Rodd Lucier in Twitter: It’s the image you see on the left. I noticed that Rodd wrote a query at the bottom for Badd_moon, the person who posted the image, about whether the images were licensed for sharing. With Lanier on the brain, I tried to track it down. On Badd_moon’s Twitpic page, karohemd said:

This led me here so I tweeted that the artist was Scott Beale (laughingsquid in Twitter) and his FAQ said the images were licensed for Creative Commons, so I tweeted that. But then I scrolled down the page and found the real attribution:

Sao Paulo ad agency Moma Propaganda created a wondeful series of retro future ads for Facebook, YouTube and Skype as part of the “Everything Ages Fast” ad campaign for Maximidia Seminars.

and the update saying high-res images could be downloaded from Maximidia.

This seemed like a lot of work to find out who made an image, but I was glad I did it (and not just because Rodd mentioned me on his blog). I somehow felt better knowing that whoever made these (I still don’t have an artist’s name) was paid for his work. By someone. Somewhere in Brazil. I think.

3 thoughts on “Attribution Matters

  1. Lisa,
    I watched this conversation with interest and was also following some of the clicks to find out the artist but I ran out of time before my next meeting – so thank you for the information. Thanks to Rodd too for the original link. The graphics are really fabulous and I agree that attribution is important. Whoever did that should get credit!
    Sometimes I get a bit mired in attribution, especially when dealing with specific citation requirements. I love how you include screenshots of tweets in your blog postings; it really brings the twitter conversations alive but I wonder how one would attribute a twitter comment in an academic paper. As my twitter follow list gets more academic, this seems more and more likely.


  2. Wow, thanks for that quick response – I’m a bit embarrassed this was addressed a whole year and a half ago! I guess I could have looked it up too (thanks for not sending me a letmegooglethatforyou swf!)
    I’m reading your other post now about Lanier and I’m trying to control my visceral reaction to him; the same reaction I felt when I read his book. I’ve been mulling this over for a while now so I should be ripe for a response.


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