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Q1:If a video clip or other file I like is already available through a link on another Web page, can I simply link to it rather than supply my own file?
A1: Sure you can, and doing so is quite common. You do, however, have to follow a couple of rules:

First, as always, email the Webmaster of the site to which you will link and ask permission to link to the site and file.

Second, avoid linking directly to the file. Instead, link to the page on which the link appears. After all, the site providing the file is doing you a favor—the least you can do is give visitors a glimpse of the site's message before retrieving the link. Also, if the site is using the file in violation of a copyright (something that's difficult for you to find out), linking to the page rather than the file better insulates you from sharing the blame for the violation.

When you do create the link, you can use Composer's support for cut-and-paste to easily copy the link into your document (see Hour 10, “Making Links”).


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