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

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