Yes, my work (Computers Country Style) is under
copyright. Although the purpose of this website is to help
folks learn, it is NOT intended to be a free source of
content for someone else's website. Please contact me if
you have a question.
Just because it is on the internet does not mean it is free to copy
People can be confused about what is and what is not acceptable when it come to copying work done by someone else. Some people don't know or don't understand the differences between copyright, creative commons license and/or public domain. Some people simply don't care. This is a little summary of the information from the resources listed at the end of this article.
Copyright Infringement on the Web:
Basically, whoever created the item has the copyright at the time of creation. They don't need to have a copyright notice on their work for it to be under copyright if it was created after 1977. Copyright means that the creator, or owner of the copyright, is the person who can decide how and when the work is used.
Items that are in the public domain may be copied and used at will. However, if the work was published after 1977 and the owner of the copyright does not state that it is in the Public Domain, then it is not. People can give up the copyright to certain pieces of their work by specifically stating they are putting those certain pieces into the Public Domain.
Cordell University lists what was in the public domain in the U.S. as of 1 January 2009 and gives explanations of which works require a notice and which do not: Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
Creative Commons Licenses:
Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org is a nonprofit organization which
So, these licenses come with different restrictions. The web site author who has opted to release his/her work under one of the Creative Commons Licenses will generally state what is required and have a link to the license he/she is using.
Resources for More Information:
Just for Fun
If you are in the mood to just play with graphics or text, you might want to check out some links on the Fun Sites Hotlist