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Morguefile Attribution Links Broken!

  1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Just noticed I have a load of links showing as 'broken' to free images I attributed correctly to Morguefile. The links to the actual images do show as broken when I click on them, but as they are all on different topics and from different sources I am in doubt as to if this can be correct. The Morguefile site is clearly still active as I have checked, and free images are still readily available. It seems highly unlikely that I suddenly have 10 different broken links to images when all of the hub subjects are different. Can a member of staff confirm if this is a known problem please?

    Thanks

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If they all showed broken at the same time, perhaps the Morguefile site was down at the time the link checker was run? 

      Personally, I never include attribution when I use Morguefile photos, to avoid the problem you're finding - if there's no attribution, there's no risk of broken links!  The site says attribution is not necessary:

      http://morguefile.com/license/morguefile/

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
        mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Marisa, no the site is not down as I have visited it and can still look for free pics etc, yet only the links on my hubs show as 'broken' (plus I also ran the test again manually in my account). I attributed them because HP needed photos to be correctly attributed for their last contest, and I am not sure how they would have treated a competition entry if the pics weren't attributed, (would they have allowed for the fact the images were Morguefile ones?)

        1. Marisa Wright profile image95
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I believe the broken link checker isn't constantly running, so what I meant was, maybe it was down briefly (e.g. for maintenance) when the checker was run.  But if the manual check didn't change anything, then I guess that can't be the case.



          "Attribution" doesn't have to be a live link in all cases, so I think you could've covered yourself by mentioning them without a link.

          1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
            mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            That is helpful to know in the case of Morguefile, although as I understand it most of the other sites like Flickr etc seem to want a link back to the actual image as it usually seems to mention this in the various Creative Commons Licenses terms and conditions.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image95
              Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              The interesting thing is that the Creative Commons License doesn't require a link at all.  Here's what they say about how to give proper attribution:

              "Cite the author's name, screen name, user identification, etc. It is nice to link that name to the person's profile page, if such a page exists."

              So you see, there's no need to provide a live link - and even if you do, it should be to the photographer, not the photo itself.  That's what I always do, because that way, I'm giving the photographer credit, but I'm not going to get a broken link even if he removes the photo.

              You do need to check, though, because photographers can choose to add additional requirements - which some sites do.  For instance, Flickr asks you to link to the page where the photo appears.  I confess I didn't know that for a long time, so on most of my Hubs, I've linked to the person's Photostream not the photo. I'm not going to change them all, though - Flickr does call it a Guideline, not a rule.

              1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
                mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks Marisa, that is really helpful smile

 
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