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