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

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