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