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

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