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A friend of a friend of mine has just received an invoice for$1500 from Getty Images for the unlicensed use of one of their photographs on his website. Ouch!

For a while now, the bigger picture agencies such as Getty,Jupiter Media and Corbis have been marking their copyright material with code numbers which can help them locate use of their images on websites. Corbis uses Digimarc software to encode the images then MarcSpider software trawls the web looking for them. They can then cross-reference use of their images with their licence agreements with users to identify unlicensed users. They then send out a demand for payment for the retrospective unlicensed use of their images. 

Whose images are on your own website? Are you sure you have the permission of the copyright owner to use those images on your website – and for that matter, in printed material and other media?

Some people seem to naively think that because it is technically easy to copy an image from a website, the legal position is also ‘free and easy’. Not so!

So what should you do?

  • Owners are responsible for what’s published on their websites and should ensure that all images are used with permission of the copyright owners.
  • Designers should be aware of the issues and advise clients accordingly, to protect their clients – and contract with clients to protect themselves.
  • Photographers, illustrators, designers who are owners of the copyright material should protect their position by taking a similar stance to the picture agencies (or working through a picture agency) in order to establish proper licensing agreements with website owners.

When it comes to creating your site, we can provide photography services, buy graphics for you or use graphics that you own or have taken.


Monday, 15 June 2015 12:45

Using and Installing a WordPress Theme

What is a Theme?

Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to "skin" your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a "skin." Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software. Themes may include customized template files, image files (*.jpg,*.gif), style sheets (*.css), custom Pages, as well as any necessary code files (*.php). For an introduction to template files, see Stepping Into Templates.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015 09:48

Website Advertising and Banner Ads

Television ads are often prohibitively expensive for small businesses to produce and air. Magazine and radio ads are less expensive but still require a sizeable investment when part of an ongoing campaign. Although you can spend a lot of money on an Internet campaign, there are many ways to leverage the Internet and gain free advertising for your business. Following are 20+ ideas to consider.

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Most small business owners do not find enough time to do all the things we want to get done. We are typically trying to weigh the list of items that need to be done and what items move to the top of the list as a priority that must be done. Or we simply cannot afford to do all that we want in markeing, again we are forced to create lists of like to's and must do's. Two items we are going to talk about today and consider re-evaluating are speed and performance and device responsiveness.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015 23:28

More about Joomla

Joomla is designed to be easy to install and set up even if you're not an advanced user. Many Web hosting services offer a single-click install, getting your new site up and running in just a few minutes.
Since Joomla is so easy to use, as a Web designer or developer, you can quickly build sites for your clients. Then, with a minimal amount of instruction, you can empower your clients to easily manage their own sites themselves.
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