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

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