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

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