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