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

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