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content, HTML coding is Copyrighted © 1996-2005, Paula Nelson
- All Rights Reserved. Any use of the graphics, content and coding
residing on this Web site to include reproduction, modification
and unauthorized distribution without prior written concent
of Paula Nelson is strictly prohibitied.
I have put links to the
right that will hopefully assist you in reaching an undertanding
of what copyright is - or isn't.
So what is it? As much
as the term is being bandied about these days, copyright seems
to be one of those topics that people have heard about. Difficulty
arrises when neither party has a firm grasp on what it means
- either as an artist - or as a violator. The right thing to
do is ask the artist for permission and give credit.
Merriam-Webster defines the term 'copyright'
to mean "the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish,
and sell the matter and form (as of a literary, musical, or artistic
Encyclopædia Britannica on plagiarism: "the act
of taking the writings of another person and passing them off
as one's own. The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and
piracy - practices generally in violation of copyright laws."
Simply put, an artist's
copyright starts the moment a work is completed. Just because
you buy it - doesn't mean you hold the copyright... and it doesn't
matter that there is no © or the words "Copyright"
and a date on a piece of art - it is copyrighted and a violator
can be held accountable for infringement.