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

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