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    "Courtesy of..." What does that mean?

    Hi, native speaker friends:

    I keep seeing online photos with a line beneath saying: courtesy of blah blah blah....

    I can tell it means the photo is taken by that person, right? But why say "courtesy of.."? What does it have anything to do with courtesy? I don't understand.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "Courtesy of..." What does that mean?

    It doesn't necessarily mean that the photo was taken by the entity named. It means the entity named owns the rights to the photo. It could be the photographer. It could be a news organization. It could be a company that supplies stock images.

    The point is that the photo is the property of the person named, and is being used with their permission.

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    Re: "Courtesy of..." What does that mean?

    Thank you, Dave. Is it actually short for "by courtesy of.....", meaning the photo is used for free, so it's actually a favor or generosity offered by the property owner??

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    Re: "Courtesy of..." What does that mean?

    Yes, the implication is that the courtesy has been given for free.

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    Re: "Courtesy of..." What does that mean?

    Thanks, Dave:)

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