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