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

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