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

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