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Blogged by: Kitty on Wednesday, January 05, 2011  
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This article is a short reproduction of OMG, I infringed the copyright!

Many times over this issue has been debated but still there are lots of people who choose to ignore. While many people think that resources that are available on the internet are for public use, the truth is, most of them are not. Just because there is no copyright notice, people incorrectly assume that those works are part of the public domain and free to use.

Again, the argument stands on people claiming that it is OKAY to copy and redistribute the works as long as they're not used commercially. There is some truth to this statement, however, it is only applicable if the work has been labelled so, or you have a written permission from the original author. It is worth to note that even if the authorities are not chasing after you, it is still (morally) wrong to condone this act of infringement.

It is understandable that in some cases, changes are necessary to be made upon the designs so I suggest, find out works that are labelled under Creative Common Licenses that allow you to copy, display or even distribute it (for commercial/non-commercial purposes). Most of these licenses would require a credit back to the original author. And if you can't find any licenses attached to the works, it is a safe bet to directly contact the author if possible. If it isn't, then put a credit/disclaimer somewhere near the image. This small act can save you from big trouble later on.

If you feel you need to more about this, I recommend Jem's article on copyright violation.

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Blogged by: Kitty on Wednesday, January 05, 2011  
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This article is a short reproduction of OMG, I infringed the copyright!

Many times over this issue has been debated but still there are lots of people who choose to ignore. While many people think that resources that are available on the internet are for public use, the truth is, most of them are not. Just because there is no copyright notice, people incorrectly assume that those works are part of the public domain and free to use.

Again, the argument stands on people claiming that it is OKAY to copy and redistribute the works as long as they're not used commercially. There is some truth to this statement, however, it is only applicable if the work has been labelled so, or you have a written permission from the original author. It is worth to note that even if the authorities are not chasing after you, it is still (morally) wrong to condone this act of infringement.

It is understandable that in some cases, changes are necessary to be made upon the designs so I suggest, find out works that are labelled under Creative Common Licenses that allow you to copy, display or even distribute it (for commercial/non-commercial purposes). Most of these licenses would require a credit back to the original author. And if you can't find any licenses attached to the works, it is a safe bet to directly contact the author if possible. If it isn't, then put a credit/disclaimer somewhere near the image. This small act can save you from big trouble later on.

If you feel you need to more about this, I recommend Jem's article on copyright violation.

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