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