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. Eryped 200 It can give an immediate "ah-ha" to the reader and attract attention to your articles. Eryped 200 Adding an image or creative work to your web page or post can make a big difference on the impact of your message. Eryped 200 Images do grab readers' attention, eryped 200 but be careful, eryped 200 you can't use just any image... Eryped 200 Using a copyrighted image without permission from the creator of the work or the copyright holder is copyright infringement. Eryped 200 This article is a short introduction to copyright and creative images. Eryped 200 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, eryped 200 on your web site or in printed material. Eryped 200 The law automatically grants full "copyright" over any creative work a person makes. Eryped 200 This includes any creative work such as drawings, eryped 200 photos and text. Eryped 200 Copyrights are applied to all intellectual property such as books, eryped 200 websites, eryped 200 blogs, eryped 200 photographs, eryped 200 audio and video recordings, eryped 200 e.g. Eryped 200 songs, eryped 200 music and YouTube videos too. Eryped 200 When choosing a creative work to use, eryped 200 make sure that it has a creative common license, eryped 200 a full-usage, eryped 200 licensed or granted usage, eryped 200 or is royalty-free. Eryped 200 All have limitations and, eryped 200 except for full-usage, eryped 200 rarely grant complete usage rights. Eryped 200 Ask for a copy of the usage license rights and restrictions before purchasing or using an image. Eryped 200 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. Eryped 200 Images marked as "Some Rights Reserved" have a creative commons license applied. Eryped 200 There are several types of creative commons licenses. Eryped 200 Each license imposes different restrictions on how you use the images. Eryped 200 There are four main types of creative common licenses, eryped 200 "Attribution, eryped 200" "Share Alike, eryped 200" "Noncommercial, eryped 200" "No Derivative Works." Each of the four categories has a variety of license types for different usages, eryped 200 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. Eryped 200 ( 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, eryped 200 provided they use it in the manner stated in the Creative Common License. Eryped 200 Read each Creative Common License carefully as they do vary. When using an image with a creative commons license, eryped 200 it is important to note the attribution with the image; e.g., eryped 200 Photo by John Smith licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Eryped 200 Check with the creator of the image or the website that you get the image from, eryped 200 e.g. Eryped 200 Flickr, eryped 200 for guidelines. Eryped 200 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. Eryped 200 Copyright laws vary internationally.
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