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

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