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