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

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