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

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