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

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