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

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