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

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