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

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