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

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