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

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