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