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. Adalat It can give an immediate "ah-ha" to the reader and attract attention to your articles. Adalat Adding an image or creative work to your web page or post can make a big difference on the impact of your message. Adalat Images do grab readers' attention, adalat but be careful, adalat you can't use just any image... Adalat Using a copyrighted image without permission from the creator of the work or the copyright holder is copyright infringement. Adalat This article is a short introduction to copyright and creative images. Adalat 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, adalat on your web site or in printed material. Adalat The law automatically grants full "copyright" over any creative work a person makes. Adalat This includes any creative work such as drawings, adalat photos and text. Adalat Copyrights are applied to all intellectual property such as books, adalat websites, adalat blogs, adalat photographs, adalat audio and video recordings, adalat e.g. Adalat songs, adalat music and YouTube videos too. Adalat When choosing a creative work to use, adalat make sure that it has a creative common license, adalat a full-usage, adalat licensed or granted usage, adalat or is royalty-free. Adalat All have limitations and, adalat except for full-usage, adalat rarely grant complete usage rights. Adalat Ask for a copy of the usage license rights and restrictions before purchasing or using an image. Adalat 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. Adalat Images marked as "Some Rights Reserved" have a creative commons license applied. Adalat There are several types of creative commons licenses. Adalat Each license imposes different restrictions on how you use the images. Adalat There are four main types of creative common licenses, adalat "Attribution, adalat" "Share Alike, adalat" "Noncommercial, adalat" "No Derivative Works." Each of the four categories has a variety of license types for different usages, adalat 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. Adalat ( 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, adalat provided they use it in the manner stated in the Creative Common License. Adalat Read each Creative Common License carefully as they do vary. When using an image with a creative commons license, adalat it is important to note the attribution with the image; e.g., adalat Photo by John Smith licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Adalat Check with the creator of the image or the website that you get the image from, adalat e.g. Adalat Flickr, adalat for guidelines. Adalat 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. Adalat Copyright laws vary internationally.
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