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Chapter 1. Finding Inspiration > Respecting the Copyrights of Others

Respecting the Copyrights of Others

It's one thing to mix and match ideas from other designers with your own. However, blatantly copying someone else's design isn't creative. In fact, the copyright of objects such as photographs and text is owned by the creator. Web sites also fall into this category. Some people might be tempted to steal an image from a Web site, thinking they'll never get caught. When an image or block of text is saved to a hard drive for the first time, the creator retains copyright to the image. Some images might fall under the fair use clause of copyright law. However, when an image is taken (without permission) from one Web site for use on a commercial Web site, this can hardly be considered fair use. If you or your client needs an image that is perfect for your design, consider licensing one from a local photographer or purchasing licensing rights to a photo from a stock agency, such as Comstock or Jupiterimages. And if a Web site owner does give you permission to use his image, make sure you get it in writing. Covering thine own posterior is better than dealing with legal fees and a he said‐she said, knock‐down, drag‐out situation.

If you own Adobe Photoshop CS2, you can search for stock art from within the Adobe Bridge. Open the Adobe Bridge and then choose Edit⇨Search Adobe Stock Photos. This command reconfigures the Bridge, which enables you to search for images by entering keywords. Figure 1-1 shows the Adobe Bridge after searching Adobe Stock Photos using the keywords Statue of Liberty. You can change the size of the thumbnails to view larger images, download a comp (short for complimentary; a low res version of the image which you can preview at no charge), buy an image online, and so on.

Figure 1-1: Searching for the perfect, royalty‐free image.



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