Given the number of people now "online," understanding and following
responsible computing practices are more important than ever.
New technology makes it easy to copy just about anything. However, copyright laws apply to all forms of information in all forms of media.
Once a work is "fixed in tangible
form"--once you have written it down, drawn it, typed it, recorded it or
put it up on a web page--it is covered by copyright law.
The fair use exceptions to copyright law are complex and need to be examined in every case in which one person's work includes a portion of another's.
The current copyright law (Title 17, Section 107, U.S. Code) gives the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute a work, with very few exceptions. The most important exception to this exclusive right is usually referred to as "the fair use exception."
Find links to more copyright information pages.
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Back up your files
It happens to all of us. We get lazy about making backup copies of our work until a disaster strikes. All it takes is one disaster and you, too, will become a convert.
Be sure to include a title for your web page. If you're using Netscape Composer to edit your pages, open the "Format" menu and select "Page Colors and Properties." Click the "General" tab and fill in the "Title" section; this title is what will appear in the results list if your page is found through a search.