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

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