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

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