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

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