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