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

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