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

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