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

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