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

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