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

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