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

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