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