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