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

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