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