Copyrights cover the legal rights of
people to control the use of their creative ideas. In 1989, the US
signed an international copyright treaty called the Berne Convention.
Nations that signed that treaty have agreed to follow each otherís
Copyrights are important to Web
designers because pages posted on the Internet can be accessed all around
the world. The potential for copyright violations and infringements
Because the Internet represents new and
emerging technologies, the ways that copyright laws are applied is
evolving. Try to avoid being the subject of a test case.
While law does provide for ďfair
useĒ of copyrighted material, posting otherís work on your web
page is not likely to be considered fair use. Unless a site has
password protection, it is potentially available to anyone in the world.
This can significantly affect the potential market for the original work
regardless of how the use was intended.
While it is unlikely that copyright
violations will be prosecuted criminally, they can and frequently are
matters of civil litigation. Legal problems are easier to
avoid than to straighten out Ė when in doubt, donít use material that
may create problems.
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