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