Graphics sites on the
Internet can be a service for the whole Internet community.
We make and/or provide graphics
and this is what we ask in return:
Be Very Careful:
* Where you get your images,
imagery is frequently stolen and then purported to be "public domain" or
"free use". Before purchasing a license, always read the fine print
in the end user agreement. Beware when it says something like:
"You understand that these
images are copyrighted and may be owned by a third party, and any unauthorized
use by you may be an infringement of such copyright." or
that we have not made any representation that your use of these animations
will not infringe or violate the trademark rights of any third party..."
"You indemnify us from any and all claims, damages..., including attorneys'
fees and expenses, arising in connection with your use of the content on
* Animations should not contain
elements of copyrighted or trademarked works - For example, using an image
of Mickey Mouse or Homer Simpson or .... and animating it is a copyright
* Putting an artist's
animation or graphic on any website or collection page - unless your sure
it's free and not copyrighted, can be costly to the artist and an infringement
of use or distribution rights. (Many artists sell their distribution rights
and if their art is being distributed for free they loose income...)
If you're unsure, read the
information in the file itself *. Read the license agreement that comes
with your software and find the original owner/artist. Most artists will
tell you somewhere on their web pages what the terms of usage are, so read
* To check on authoring
information within an animation, download an animation program, such as
Ulead's Gif Animator, open the animation and read the comment file. If
there is no information available, it doesn't necessarily mean the animation
is shareware - because this info can be removed by optimization programs.
Most often you will find an artist's name who you can contact for copyright
and credit information.
* Changing a graphic
without permission. Many people think that by modifying the original they
are safe or that it's ok to make small changes. Coca Cola and other household
names have proven this to be incorrect. It is an infringement of the copyright.
If you want to modify art in any way seek the artists permission. Ask him/her
to approve your modification. Even small changes like removing backgrounds,
adding your name... If the artist denies you approval don't take it personally.
It can make it more difficult for the artist to pursue their own copyright
claim if he/she gives permission and then modified work has been stolen.
How to Link: Download!
* Do not link
directly to a graphic. Don't include anyone else's URL in the BODY BACKGROUND
or IMG SRC tags. This can cost the artist a lot of money which could result
in their web site being shut down.
If you don't know how to save
or set up an image on your Home Page, ask the person whose page it is on.
You will find they are as generous with help as they are in providing these
net is so wonderful and one reason for this is free graphics. Do not use
copyrighted images without permission in a business/commercial site. Most
graphics are for "free" use only on personal sites.
For clarification, a website
is considered by the copyright holder to be a commercial website if banner
space is sold on a personal website. If a person makes any money off of
any portion of their website, regardless of how much or how little, then
it's a commercial site. A website is considered to be a commercial site
if it's owned and operated in conjunction with a revenue generating site,
regardless of whether the owning entity does not make money off of the
portion of the website where the content is shown. An example of this would
be an e-card site delivered free of charge by a commercial entity, or similar
free attraction used to lure visitors to the revenue generating portion
of the commercial website. Non-profit organizations or charities are considered
by the copyright holder to be commercial entities. If you are a webmaster
in the business of creating home pages or if you own a business and are
promoting it on your site, you are considered commercial.
Write to the owner of the
graphic and send your URL to seek permission. Perhaps you will be able
to buy or use the graphic. If you are making money with the image, so should
images. Some people try to make money with free graphics. It's tempting
to download graphics and start selling them. We all can stop this kind
of business if we don't buy it.
Stay informed. You have a right to protect your work, media laws
change and their are restrictions on what you can ask for and rules on
how to go about doing things. When you write a request asking your
work be removed from a site - cool off first and be as nice as possible
- there are a lot of innocents out there.
Freelance artist, you will
be presented with some pretty scary licensing agreements and contracts.
Read them well, get help if you don't understand them, ask for changes