Ever copied something from another site and used it on yours?
You might want to think twice about how you do it. This issue's tip shares the dos and
don'ts of borrowing content from other Web sites.
Hot Tip - Cyberetiquette: Copyrights and Copywrongs
Imagine you've painted a beautiful picture, and then someone knocks you out of the way and
signs his or her name to your work.
"Hey," you shriek, "that doesn't belong to you!" Legally and
artistically, everyone would acknowledge that you've been robbed of your
creative masterpiece. While it seems absurd in the physical world, this kind of
theft happens all the time in cyberspace. If you visit a Web site and just "copy and
paste" its text, images, videos, music, or even its architecture and navigation, you
are wrongfully taking credit for another person's work.
Stealing other people's material, copyrighted or not, may
invite a barrage of unwanted harassment. A violator may be kicked off of his or her ISP,
or be threatened with legal action.
While the sordid world of Internet copyright sorts itself
out, prevention is the best medicine.
your own material. Design your site with that panache and sense of style that is your own.
you really want to include an article, sound file or video clip from someone else's site
(or any other media source), ask permission.
While many sites may not allow you to reproduce everything you'd like to use, the site
will often allow you to post a small portion of what you want and will allow you to link
back to its site.
If you've tried to contact the creator of original material without avail, use its
material with caution. And be sure to add a caption that credits the source.