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