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

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