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

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