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

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