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