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

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