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