What Is and Isn't Legal to Use on a Web Site?

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 12, 2007

Is it legal to set up links to a Web site without asking? Can I copy information from a Web site and use it again? And who owns the design of a Web site?

Links: Yes, it is legal to set up a Web site and have that site link to other sites without permission. A link is not something that is considered to be protected by copyright law.

Information ownership: Most often, the company that owns the Web site owns the information contained on that site, but not always. Some Web sites allow the writer of material on the site to maintain the copyright, and thus the right to republish the material.

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