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Re: Fair (or unfair) use of images.

Fair use allows the _personal use_ of copyrighted material, so anyone can copy images from your web site for their "personal" use -- but that does not include republishing them on the web or on paper. That is, there's nothing you can do to stop them from making personal copies or showing them privately to their friends. But you can demand that they remove the images from their web site.

If you have registered copyright in your images, US law allows you to sue for "statutory damages" that are provided for in law whether or not the copyright infringer has made any profit from them. One article that describes this (in context of copying music files) is at

There also is information on the US government copyright office site:

The boundaries of fair use are hazier for quotes excerpted from text, but they're clear for images.
Jeff Hecht, science & technology writer
At 5:11 PM +0200 8/23/04, Renesto Silvio Claudio wrote:
Dear all,

    I accidentally came across an anti-evolutionist website (for the
dinolist: take note that I  did not use the forbidden word, and also that I
am not discussing that topic, but strictly a problem of ownership) which has
put online some artwork, and a couple of pictures are mine (downoladed from
my previous website). In their/his disclaimer these (or this) guy (aka
Megaraptor.com) write(s) that all the picures he used fall under the **fair
use discipline** and quotes an US law. I am a bit concerned. Fair use means
you have not to ask for permission even if it is wirtten clearly in the
website that the images are copyrighted  and cannot be uses without asking to
the author????
Given the mood of the site, which mixes up xxxxionism, Nessie, and
crypto...logy, You can imagine how I willingly I would have given the
permission to use  my pictures!!!!!
Can I plainly ask him/them to took off the pictures or will it be UNfair ?

If anyone wants to check if there is something of his property, you can
google the above name (Megaraptor.com)
Thanks for any suggestion,

Silvio Renesto