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

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