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

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