Welcome fellow child care providers and website designers, I'm glad you stopped by!
Before proceeding, please take a moment to read through the following copyright information to make sure you don't break any copyright laws.
One of the reasons copyright law exists is to protect a creator's right to control how his or her original work is used, so I've put together the following information to help you figure out what you CAN and CAN'T do with the information on this website.
- Child Care Provider Copyright Information
- Website Designer Copyright Information
- Obtain Permission to Use Material
Website Copyright Information
Copyright ©2007-2014 by Amy & Kids Co. Family Child Care. All rights reserved.
This website contains material protected under International and Federal Copyright Laws. Any unauthorized use of material found on this website is prohibited. No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system without express written permission from the owner.
Copyright Information for Child Care Providers
Most people don't realize that almost everything on the Internet is protected by copyright law. Some people think that if there's no copyright notice the material is free for the taking, but that's not true. In fact, any original material created after 2002 is automatically protected from the moment it's created; whether it has a notice or not.
Many child care programs hire a website company to take care of their website for them, however it's the website owner's responsibility to know where the material on their website comes from. If you've hired a website company, don't be afraid to ask where the material on your website comes from. After all, if a DMCA complaint is filed against you it's YOUR website that may be penalized and YOUR business that may suffer - not the company's website!
Copyright Information about What you CAN Do:
Since everything on the Internet is copyright protected, does that mean you can't use anything you find online? Not at all! There are many situations in which you CAN legally use the contents of another website on your website. For example, you can:
- Use information in the "public domain," which is anything created before 1923, things created before 1977 that don't include a copyright notice, and Federal Government documents.
- Use Creative Commons licensed material. Creative Commons is a special type of license authors use to allow others to use their work while still retaining certain rights. Be sure to check exactly what permissions are allowed for the material you want to use.
- Link to other websites without obtaining the owner's permission.
- Quote small sections of text from a website under the doctrine of "Fair Use". Be aware that "Fair Use" is a murkey area where it's not always easy to tell what's lawful and what's not. When in doubt it's always safer to obtain permission from the original source.
- Include facts and ideas from other websites. The way certain facts and ideas are presented can be copyrighted, however the actual facts and ideas themselves cannot.
- Use free photos and graphics on your website - just be sure they're clearly advertised as "free." By the way, "royalty free" is not the same as "free."
- Include a company's name or logo on your website when you're talking about that company, like in a product review.
- Obtain permission from the website owner to use his or her content on your website. This is the safest way to avoid breaking copyright law.
Copyright Information about What you CAN'T Do:
However, there are some things you CAN'T do, such as:
- Take something from another website to use on your website without express permission from the original website owner. The bottom line is that the original creator owns his or her creation; you can only use it with permission.
- Assume it's safe to copy something that doesn't have a copyright notice. Everything created after 2002 is under copyright protection; with or without a copyright notice.
- Take content from a number of different websites and merge them together to create a new webpage. In this case you'd be infringing on the copyright of each website, which could cause a lot of trouble for you.
- Assume that it's OK to use someone's original work if you give them credit. The fact is that you can only use material someone else created if you have their permission.
- Copy material from another website, change it, then post it as your own and claim copyright to it. You cannot claim copyright to someone else's work - no matter how much you change it.
- Copy a list of resources from another website to use on your own website without permission from the original website owner. A better idea is to create your own list of resources to post on your website.
- Use photos or graphics from another website on your own webpage, unless the photo or graphic is clearly labeled as "freeware". A quick search for "freeware photos" or "freeware graphics" will result in a number of great sites .
- Think that it's OK to put material from another website on your website if you're not making money from it. Even if you don't make a penny from the material, any time you use someone else's work without permission you're infringing on their copyright.
Copyright Information for Website Designers
As a professional website designer you know (or should know) copyright law, which means you know (or should know) that you cannot copy anything from this website without permission.
Having put countless hours into creating this website, I take great pride in it and will defend it against copyright infringement to the best of my ability. However, I'm not an ogre, so if you would like to use some of the content from this website on a client's website, please contact me for permission. (No monetary compensation will be required - I'm not an ogre, remember?)
Thank you for respecting my right to control how my original work is used.
Copyright Information - Resources
Information about copyright found on this page came from the following sources:
- Can I Use Someone Else's Work? Can Someone Else Use Mine? by the U.S. Copyright Office.
- Copyright Law: 12 Dos and Don'ts by Daniel Sococco.
- The Mystery Behind the © by Christopher B. Skvarka.
Copyright Information - Photos
The photos on this page are eproduced under Creative Commons 2.0. Credit for the photos are:
- Large copyright sign made of jigsaw puzzle pieces by Horia Varlan.
- Studying proctor by joguldi.
- Man at his desk by Victor1558.
Copyright Information - Contact
Like something you read on the website? If you would like to use something from this website, please contact me so we can work out details. I promise I won't ask for any money, but I will ask for proper credit - I'll even give you the html code to use! (See, I told you I wasn't an ogre!)