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

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