"The Internet has been characterized as the largest threat to copyright since its inception. The Internet is awash in information, a lot of it with varying degrees of copyright protection. Copyrighted works on the Net include news stories, software, novels, screenplays, graphics, pictures, Usenet messages and even email. In fact, the frightening reality is that almost everything on the Net is protected by copyright law. That can pose problems for the hapless surfer." ( http://www.benedict.com/)
What is protected on the World Wide Web?
The specific design of a Web page and the following contents are protected by copyright:
-List of Web sites compiled by an individual or organization
-All other unique elements that make up the original nature of the material.
When creating a Web page, you CAN:
-Link to other Web sites.
-Use free graphics on your Web page.
When creating a Web page, you CANNOT:
-Put the contents of another person's or organizations web site on your Web page.
-Copy and paste information together from various Internet sources to create "your own" document.
-Incorporate other people's electronic material, such as e-mail, in your own document, without permission.
-Forward someone's e-mail to another recipient without permission.
-Change the context of or edit someone else's digital correspondence in a way which changes the meaning.
-Copy and paste others' lists of resources on your own Web page.
-Copy and paste logos, icons, and other graphics from other web sites to your Web page.
Information taken from:
Montecino, V. (1996). Copyright and the Internet. Retrieved September 25, 2008, from