Copyright and Using Images on Your Website and Blog Posts By Sharon Sayler A visual can sure add a lot of impact to a website or your blog. Acertil It can give an immediate "ah-ha" to the reader and attract attention to your articles. Acertil Adding an image or creative work to your web page or post can make a big difference on the impact of your message. Acertil Images do grab readers' attention, acertil but be careful, acertil you can't use just any image... Acertil Using a copyrighted image without permission from the creator of the work or the copyright holder is copyright infringement. Acertil This article is a short introduction to copyright and creative images. Acertil Please check with an intellectual property attorney for more specifics and to answer your specific questions about copyrights and creative works. You can't just use any image you find and like in blog posts, acertil on your web site or in printed material. Acertil The law automatically grants full "copyright" over any creative work a person makes. Acertil This includes any creative work such as drawings, acertil photos and text. Acertil Copyrights are applied to all intellectual property such as books, acertil websites, acertil blogs, acertil photographs, acertil audio and video recordings, acertil e.g. Acertil songs, acertil music and YouTube videos too. Acertil When choosing a creative work to use, acertil make sure that it has a creative common license, acertil a full-usage, acertil licensed or granted usage, acertil or is royalty-free. Acertil All have limitations and, acertil except for full-usage, acertil rarely grant complete usage rights. Acertil Ask for a copy of the usage license rights and restrictions before purchasing or using an image. Acertil Many places like Fotosearch.com and PhotoDisc.com have the licenses they use posted on their sites. Images marked as "All Rights Reserved" are copyrighted and require permission from their creator. Acertil Images marked as "Some Rights Reserved" have a creative commons license applied. Acertil There are several types of creative commons licenses. Acertil Each license imposes different restrictions on how you use the images. Acertil There are four main types of creative common licenses, acertil "Attribution, acertil" "Share Alike, acertil" "Noncommercial, acertil" "No Derivative Works." Each of the four categories has a variety of license types for different usages, acertil visit rel=nofollow http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ to learn more. Creative Commons is an organization that provides free content licenses that the person developing the creative piece can apply to their work. Acertil ( rel=nofollow http://creativecommons.org/license/ ) The artists that choose to use this license are giving people permission to use the licensed piece without having to ask permission, acertil provided they use it in the manner stated in the Creative Common License. Acertil Read each Creative Common License carefully as they do vary. When using an image with a creative commons license, acertil it is important to note the attribution with the image; e.g., acertil Photo by John Smith licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Acertil Check with the creator of the image or the website that you get the image from, acertil e.g. Acertil Flickr, acertil for guidelines. Acertil This will ensure you are compliant with copyright requirements and give credit where credit is due. This article is not meant to be legal advice and you are encouraged to further educate yourself about copyright and the implications to your site. Acertil Copyright laws vary internationally.
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