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

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