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

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