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

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