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

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