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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. Dbc 24 It can give an immediate "ah-ha" to the reader and attract attention to your articles. Dbc 24 Adding an image or creative work to your web page or post can make a big difference on the impact of your message. Dbc 24 Images do grab readers' attention, dbc 24 but be careful, dbc 24 you can't use just any image... Dbc 24 Using a copyrighted image without permission from the creator of the work or the copyright holder is copyright infringement. Dbc 24 This article is a short introduction to copyright and creative images. Dbc 24 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, dbc 24 on your web site or in printed material. Dbc 24 The law automatically grants full "copyright" over any creative work a person makes. Dbc 24 This includes any creative work such as drawings, dbc 24 photos and text. Dbc 24 Copyrights are applied to all intellectual property such as books, dbc 24 websites, dbc 24 blogs, dbc 24 photographs, dbc 24 audio and video recordings, dbc 24 e.g. Dbc 24 songs, dbc 24 music and YouTube videos too. Dbc 24 When choosing a creative work to use, dbc 24 make sure that it has a creative common license, dbc 24 a full-usage, dbc 24 licensed or granted usage, dbc 24 or is royalty-free. Dbc 24 All have limitations and, dbc 24 except for full-usage, dbc 24 rarely grant complete usage rights. Dbc 24 Ask for a copy of the usage license rights and restrictions before purchasing or using an image. Dbc 24 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. Dbc 24 Images marked as "Some Rights Reserved" have a creative commons license applied. Dbc 24 There are several types of creative commons licenses. Dbc 24 Each license imposes different restrictions on how you use the images. Dbc 24 There are four main types of creative common licenses, dbc 24 "Attribution, dbc 24" "Share Alike, dbc 24" "Noncommercial, dbc 24" "No Derivative Works." Each of the four categories has a variety of license types for different usages, dbc 24 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. Dbc 24 ( 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, dbc 24 provided they use it in the manner stated in the Creative Common License. Dbc 24 Read each Creative Common License carefully as they do vary. When using an image with a creative commons license, dbc 24 it is important to note the attribution with the image; e.g., dbc 24 Photo by John Smith licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Dbc 24 Check with the creator of the image or the website that you get the image from, dbc 24 e.g. Dbc 24 Flickr, dbc 24 for guidelines. Dbc 24 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. Dbc 24 Copyright laws vary internationally.

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