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