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