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

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