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