Why Is It Important To Credit Artists Online?

By Mitch Rice

The world is overflowing with so many amazingly creative people. So much so that many of these creatives spend their lives dedicating themselves to producing incredible work for the world to see.

From offering non-copyrighted music for others to use in multimedia projects to streaming their music for free online, the world of music and art is indeed much bigger than just money. It’s a community, and it should be respected.

Art is to be shared, enjoyed, and championed, but in return, artists deserve to be credited for their services. It’s true! Many artists themselves offer their work online and encourage it to be shared. However, all they ask for is acknowledging their offerings if you want to use them for your own project or idea.

So, here’s the lowdown as to why it’s so important for artists to be credited online.

Artists Can Miss Out On Opportunities

When music circulates the internet or is shared thousands of times online, and its original owner and creator are not credited at the start, it’s so easy to lose track of who created the art. 

This might seem futile to some. However, for artists who already know the struggle of trying to get popular by doing what they love, they know there could have been the potential for collaborations and, therefore, missed creative and professional opportunities.

Basically, by not crediting an artist, you are limiting their job opportunities and removing them from their own work, which can give bigger brands the potential to profit from someone else’s work.

Artists Can Miss Out On Followers

As previously mentioned, it’s not just about the money. These days, social media is its own form of currency, too. 

When someone’s art is posted from another brand or account without the original artist’s permission or credit, they are losing out on crucial exposure.

On social media, it’s all about the number of followers you have, and the more you have, the more respected you are. This means more brands being aware of you, which means more opportunities for collaborations and jobs and more exposure for your work.

So, every time someone’s work is posted online without giving credit to the original artist, they are virtually being robbed of exposure, potential followers, and success.

Artists Can Be Associated with Messages They Don’t Agree With

We all agree that, in whatever form it may be, that art is personal.

People’s art, and the message they want it to spread, is often why it was created in the first place.

When brands take someone’s work or piece of music and use it to promote themselves or advertise their product, it could be detrimental to the person who created it.

Not only is it actually illegal to use someone’s work without their permission, but it could also tarnish the artist’s reputation. This is why if brands want to use someone’s art, permission must be sought, as the artist may not want their work being associated with what is trying to be promoted.

Bottom Line

So, we get it – the world of copyright, licensing, patents, and watermarking can get ultra confusing.

What’s not confusing and ultra-simple is making sure you give credit where credit is due.

People can spend a lifetime creating their work, and for it to be taken to the internet without a trace of the original creator is not only incredibly rude but also potentially detrimental to their career and livelihood as an artist.