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