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

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