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

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