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

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