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

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