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

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