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

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