Beta - The Basics: Blog Tutorial: Image Copyrights and Usage Guidelines

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Image Copyrights and Usage Guidelines:

When publishing articles to Starpulse.com it is the responsibility of the writer/blogger to get clearance for any and all images used in any articles or posts to the Starpulse site.

Your first and easiest option for photo assets should be the Starpulse.com website, there are over 1 million celebrity photos across the site. When you use photo from the Starpulse site, you do not need any additional clearance for use on Starpulse.com but must include the copyright information in the appropriate fields when posting. 

Adding Images 'from The Web' - Copyrighted Materials

If you are adding an image from a site other then Starpulse.com, keep in mind that images are protected as intellectual property through copyright. This means that the creator or owner has sole legal rights to their works and may not want you copying and displaying them. If you're unsure whether or not an image is copyrighted, it's best not to risk it. However, there are places that make it easier for you to find images you're allowed to use on Starpulse:

Starpulse.com Flickr: Creative Commons

Additional Approved Sources of Images

1. You
You may use images you created. However, you must have obtained permission for property or people depicted in the image, if any. Please enter your name in the credit and copyright fields when inputting the image in your blog post.  Please note we require you use your real name.

2. Online Press Kits
You may use images from online promotional press kits, provided that they allow free distribution. You must follow the guidelines and restrictions exactly as directed by the terms and conditions set forth by the copyright holder.

3. www.commons.wikimedia.org
You must view the description page for each image (by clicking on the image) to determine whether you can reuse it. For a tutorial on usage conditions at Wikimedia Commons click here. Please enter the photographer or artist's name in the credit field at Starpulse.com and "Wikimedia Commons" in the copyright field.

Warning: Copyright Law with respect to images is very complicated.Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorance of the law is not an excuse. While Starpulse.com provides general guidelines to assist you, as a Contributing writer you are solely responsible to educate yourself thoroughly on the legal issues surrounding the publication of images, as well as for any damages that result in publishing infringing images. To learn more about copyright law and the Internet, the following links may be helpful:

www.copyright.gov
fairuse.stanford.edu/web_resources/index.html
fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter6/6-a.html
www.chillingeffects.org/copyright