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