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

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