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

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