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