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