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

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