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