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