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If I set up my own blogging web site. Is it okay to copy and paste pics on my site to suppour my blogging?

Question by Sid: If I set up my own blogging web site. Is it okay to copy and paste pics on my site to suppour my blogging?
How do I copyright my site?
How do I use a pic from other sites, if I hapened 2b blogging on something relating to that pics?

Best answer:

Answer by Techwing
Your site is protected by copyright automatically from the moment you create it. You don’t have to do anything to get copyright protection.

You need permission from the creators of any pictures you use on your site. There are some very narrow exemptions for fair use in some jurisdictions (education, criticism, parody, etc.), but claiming fair use is risky and must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

You can register the copyright of your site if you want, with the Library of Congress (in the United States). This isn’t necessary just to protect your site, but it gives you more options if you ever have to sue someone. See here for more details:

http://www.copyright.gov/eco

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