Credit (creative arts)

In general, the term credit in the artistic or intellectual sense refers to an acknowledgment of those who contribute to a work, whether through ideas or in a more direct sense.

Credit in the arts

In the creative arts , credits are an acknowledgment of those who participated in the production. They are often shown at the end of movies and on CD jackets. In film , video , television , theater , etc., credits means the list of actors and behind-the-scenes staff who contributed to the production.

See also: Motion picture credits


In non-fiction , it is important to give credit to sources of information and ideas. Failure to do so often gives rise to charges of plagiarism , and “piracy” of intellectual rights such as the right to receive a royalty for having written. In this sense, the financial and individual meanings are linked.

Academic papers generally contain a lengthy section of footnotes or quotations . Such detailed crediting of sources provides readers with an opportunity to discover more about the cited material. It also provides a check against misquotation, where it is easy to get an answer when the reference is available. All of this is thought to improve the integrity of the capital conveyed, which may be quite fragile, and easy to misinterpret or misapply.

In fiction

In fiction writing, contributing to the work. Sometimes authors Who do not want credit for Their work Directly May choose to use a pen name . A ghostwriter gives some credit to someone else.

In computing

In computer software licenses , attribution of credit is sometimes a condition of licensing. For example, original versions of the BSD license controversially required to be provided for the purpose of the use of software.

Software documentation is licensed under similar terms. For example, the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) used by Wikipedia requires That acknowledgments authors to be preserved.