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

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