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