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