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