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