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

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