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

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