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

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