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