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