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