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