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

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