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

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