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