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

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