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

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