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