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

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