Copyright gives the creator of certain types of material rights to control the use or commercial exploitation of that material. This includes material published on the internet.
So you cannot use someone else’s text copy or photos or images on your website without their permission. Some creators or authors may allow you to use their material for free provided they are credited.
Just because you can find a photo on google does not give you the right to use it. I do know of people who have done just this and a year or two down the line they have had a demand for a silly amount of money from a solicitor – don’t think they will not spot it. Many great images and photos are available for a small charge from photostock websites or much better still take your own original photographs.
A copyright notice on a website will often set out what you can and can’t do with the material on that site. You may wish to add a suitable copyright notice to your own website. The absence of a copyright notice does not mean you are free to reuse the material on that website – by default you should assume that other people’s works is covered by copyright unless stated otherwise.
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