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

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