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

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