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