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Re: Copyright on www images

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 09:39:36 -0500
Message-Id: <199903141436.JAA177430@relay.interim.iamworld.net>
To: "jonathan chetwynd" <jay@peepo.com>, "Silas S. Brown" <ssb22@cam.ac.uk>, <jay@peepo.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>
The image publishing industry and the web consumer industry are going to
fight this one out and we get to live with the answer.  Copyright law is
inconsistent, insufficient, and about to change in this area.

Using a URI in your document which identifies an image which someone else
has published to the web without access restrictions falls under the "just
use" realm just like putting a citation for someone else's journal article
in your bibliography.  They serve the image, you haven't copied and served
it.  This is a consumer opinion, not a legal opinion.

The W3C proposal for how people will learn things like copy permissions on
images is via the Resource Description Framework, or RDF.

Are you concerned about being sued for your use of other's images, or
concerned to protect images that you develop?

Al

At 11:24 AM 3/14/99 +0000, jonathan chetwynd wrote:
>> img src ="http://www....
>
>How about 3 degrees
>
>1    img src =  for images that are freely copyable
>
>2    inl src = for  images to which the creator would prefer inline
>references to be used, (not to be printed).
>
>3    cop src = for images that are only to be cached
>
>How would one get this implemented?
>
>jay@peepo.com
>SignBrowser
> 
Received on Sunday, 14 March 1999 09:36:29 GMT

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