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