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

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