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

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