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Public Domain Question

David asks…

Can you Web scrape public domain information without breaching copyright?

I want to build a web scraper for traversing the web. Will it be possible to take public domain information and use it for myself?

scottparat answers:

There are high odds that the “web scraper” is going to be picking up information that isn’t technically public domain. Even if you can view a lot of stuff on the web, a vast majority would still technically be covered by copyright if anyone needs to enforce it. So your plan is likely to run into problems sooner or later.

Mandy asks…

Where can I find what celebrities pictures are public domain?

I would like to know which celebrities are public domain. I’m looking more at people like Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, James Dean. Noot people like Hilary Duff, and selena Gomez. Is there a website where they list whose picture is public domain and whose is not?

Also if anyone knows if Audrey Hepburn’s picture is public domain or ont let me know. I’v looked it up but havn’t found anything too promising.
Yeah, well you don’t have to be a big ol’ beezy about it you could just tell me in a nice way.

scottparat answers:

You are completely wrong on this. Public domain is NOT based on the celebrity. It is based on the picture itself, who took the picture, and YOUR usage of that picture. That is the reason why you cannot find anything. Your ENTIRE thought process on this subject is VERY flawed.

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Best Internet Marketing Books Question

Steven asks…

Mobile Spa Needs to Make profit-marketing help!

I own a mobile spa servicing the DC metro area. We have been in business for over 6 months and have not made any profit. The money I do make pays for supplies and the independent contractors I use for my events. I am having a hard time deciding what will work and what won’t so I won’t waste money. I do a lot of events where I offer services at no charge but I can’t continue to do that. Basically I am trying to book corporate clients, community events and people who want to have spa parties but nothing is coming in right now. I do a lot of internet marketing and internet research to find new gigs. What else do I need to do? And how best to decide on a marketing plan so I don’t waste time/money? I would like to get to the point where I can franchise eventually but I want to get my marketing scheme down first so I can help others.

I am really interested in hearing from other mobile spas as well.

scottparat answers:

I dont know anything about mobile spas unfortunately, but I do know a bit about advertising. And the fact of the matter is you need to get involved and personal.

Alot of people see your ads on the internet but it is too hard to trust people who advertise that way.
One of the most effective and cheaper ways to get yourself noticed is FLYERS. It seems so simple but make a powerpoint flyer, include a coupon and/or special. Do a refer a friend promotion as well. You can have black and white copies made CHEAp in mass. Check with your local newpaper and see how much it is to have your flyer inserted on any given day of the week. Sunday is popular but tere alot of coupons going in that day so see if they do inserts on a different day.
Also, put flyers on car windows and front doors. People are forced to at least glance at it and it may be waht they are looking for PLUS you are close by nd they will trust you more. Make the flyer personal.

Also, you can do lead bags. A bag with a sign up sheet. People will sign up to win anything! All you have to do is go around to local businesses and ask to put your lead bag out for a few days. Check on them everyday or every other day. At least you will then have peoples names and numbers that are interested in your services. Give away a free cleaning with onw paid one.

Hope this helps!!

David asks…

how do I sell my first edition rare books online?

I’ve been asked to sell some of my grandad’s rare first edition books over the internet and don’t know how to go about it to get a good price for them! i don’t really think eBay is the best place because there isn’t the market for that sort of thing and people on there are just looking for complete bargains.. any suggestions as to where to start selling?

scottparat answers:

It’s a bit of a gamble selling anything on eBay as you may or may not get a good price for what you’re selling, books are no exception to this. If you take a look at AbeBooks you can put the book you’re selling into the search and see what book dealers are selling that particular book for. You can then list that book on eBay, and put a reserve on it. Alternatively you could look for a dealer on the AbeBooks site and contact them directly.

Good Luck

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Blogger Themes For WordPress Question

Lisa asks…

Does on-page WordPress theme SEO really help in search engine rankings?

When I started blogging with wordpress, theme seo didn’t matter much as I had limited knowledge of it. But now after reading more about it. I started wonder if there is an ultimate blogging theme that can help me attain on-page seo readily. With so many thousands of themes to choose from, I am getting a bit confused which one could work best for my serps. Or does it really matter!

scottparat answers:

I can tell from my experience that, WordPress theme is not just about making your blog or site look great. The right placements of advertisements, header and footer information, and meta tagging, alt tagging of the entire site, individual pages, every picture, every animation, video, attachments is of utmost importance. On page SEO is the first thing one should try and accomplish.
Only problem is that all themes including the commercial and free ones distributed are not too well optimized. Bloggers who are beginners tend to get attracted to the graphics of a theme without considering the invisible search engine evaluation of the theme.
Hence between a well optimized theme and just a plain graphical one, the former will win over the latter.
Take wordpress or anyother CMS, on page seo precedes aesthetics.
Even after you are done with it, there are many online meta tag analyzing sites, which will tell you the problems associated with your page, and suggest you changes.
You definitely should look into the home page to begin with because the home page needs to be hundred percent correct.
For example too many links on the home page is also a downer. You may think there are just a handfull of them but on closer introspection you may find there are more than 200 links on home page itself, which is against the basic seo rules. This was just an example.
So on page wordpress theme seo is a must for better search engine rankings. You should read the reviews or check the codes of the best theme you like, before you want to use it for your blog.

Jenny asks…

Whats the best website for starting your own blog and creating your own theme and all?

i want to design my own blog and start writing everyday…whats a great website for that?

scottparat answers:

Tumblelogs are a refreshingly new and simple way to share anything you find, love, hate, or create. To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks. You can also look at tumblelogs as slightly more structured blogs that

Pen is the fastest way to publish content online. The tool allows you to quickly create beautiful text based pages in just seconds. The focus on Pen is all about the content.
Penzu is a free online diary and personal journal with afocus on privacy. Easily keep a secret diary of thoughtsor a journal of notes and ideas secure and on the web.


You can use LiveJournal in many ways: a private journal, a blog, a discussion forum or a social network.


Create your private diary with text, photos, videos and web links. Also, make a shared diary to do all this with friends too.
With Ipernity you can:- Publish whatever you like : blog, photos, videos, audios- Customize your own Ipernity page (like at Myspace)- Share what you want with people who matter to you or with the whole world- Create a powerful page with only the stuff that matters to you
TypePad professional designs and customize it over time. You have complete control of your design. Want an active community of readers and commenters? TypePad has the tools you need to manage the conversation.

Http:// is an easy and powerful way to start blogging.


Create a blog in 3 easy steps:
Create an account
Name your blog
Choose a template

BTemplates is a gallery that shows, describes and ranks the best templates for Google’s platform for blogs. It was the first blogger templates gallery created in March 2008 and currently has the largest collection of templates.
Control exactly who gets to see each of your posts and photos.
See all the posts from your friends and family on one page.
Bring in content from other web services you already use (Amazon, YouTube, more).
Soup is a tumblelog, a super-easy blog that can do more than just text: post links, quotes, videos, audio, files, reviews and events.

Http:// is the easiest way to start a blog, publish your thoughts and to place your links.
On Netlog, you can create your own account with pictures, blogs, a guestbook, and much more. You can find people from your area, expand your friends network, or find people having the same interests as you.


Toonti is a platform that allows you to create your own custom social network. An innovative Design Wizard and Design Tools make it simple for anyone to design their site. In addition, it has a rich set of tightly integrated features and it supports various privacy options.
Jimdo is really easy to create web-pages, just sign-up, follow the link to your own Page, integrate pictures, videos and texts in seconds, change the design with a click, add as many pages as you want…and show your swifty Jimdo free page to your friends
clickbooq is an easy-to-use website creation, management, and hosting solution developed exclusively for professional photographers like you. With clickbooq, you can create a professional, fully-featured Flash website in minutes. Customize your site with near-limitless options.
Webs (Freewebs) is one of the easiest site building tools around that helps you create professional good-looking site for your family, friends, customers or just for yourself. Users are given 40MB free space and 500MB bandwidth per month.


infogami lets anyone build good-looking, easily-editable web sites. One-click editing lets you fix typos instantly. With customizable templates your site looks just the way you want it to. Detailed graphs let you see how many people are visiting your site and many more.
Easysite is an incredibly powerful, easy-to-use website builder. – Change the entire look and feel of your easysite with a mouse click – Pictures are a piece of cake with Easysite –
Weebly is the easiest way to create, upload a website, and share it with the world for free. From personal to professional sites, Weebly will enable you to spend your time on the most valuable part of your site, its content.

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Website Graphics Software Question

Chris asks…

what is the best way to design invitations or software?

Hello, I am looking for some software or help as to design professional looking invitations. I am wanting to start a small invitation business from home. I have tried Hallmark, invitation maker and other CD-Roms but they all look poor quality. Any help would be gratefully appreciated as this would be a dream of mine to go ahead with this.
Thank you to all who can help.

scottparat answers:

If youre want quality then you need to look at graphic design programs. Illustrator, Corel Draw, Photoshop can be used too. There are quite a few suitable programs. The downside is that it takes more time and effort to produce designs with these programs.

The programs you mention are aimed at making the process easy, and of course, quality never comes easy. I use Corel Draw myself, though many people prefer Illustrator. I design adverts, t-shirts, flyers, graphics for websites, even the base image for some of my art in it.

Good luck with your business.

Robert asks…

Can a graphics card do what a video capture card can?

I have a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphics card, with what 128 mb of RAM? I’ve installed a total of about 3GB of RAM on my computer. I want to convert VHS to Digital and burn some DVDs for family.
Do I need to be concerned with Video RAM on my computer?
Do I need to update my graphics card or just get a video capture card? Either way I need a way to get analog into my computer. Is there a good quality video capture card?
How do I know if my motherboard is PCI express ready? I’m not much of a gamer, but the possibility is always there? Lots of questions which can go a million different directions. But lots of new words for me as I look on the internet and I think several may mean the same thing, but I’m sorta a neophyte at all of this. Thanks in advance.

scottparat answers:

You do need a video capture device ( External USB, or internal PCI, or Laptop-PCMCIA, all work good. They all come with software, and most all do the “converting” internal to themselves. This reduces the need for high end CPU power to process the data stream and convert it to usable data. Some say they can use USB 1.1, but I would make sure I had USB 2.0 to be able to handle the data input. You really don’t need to upgrade video ram, and 3GB is more than enough RAM. Depending on which way you would like to go- New Video w/ integrated capture ( about $150 to 250 ) or new capture card ( $50 to 150 ) should not be too difficult.
As far as PCI express, there should be a website for the MOBO mfgr, and they should have that info…

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Email Marketing Services Uk Question

Charles asks…

do u think this is a scam? should i report it?

i got this eamil in my penn state email this morning what do u think of it?
Cheap Fabrics (Uk) Ltd.
Thames Court,
1 Victoria St, Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 1YB,
United Kingdom.

Cheap Fabrics (UK) a United Kingdom based company, and we have a Part Time job offer for you. We produce and Supply various clothing materials such as; Lycra, Spandex, Coolmax, Wool, GoreTex, Nylon, etc, Assorted fabrics and traditional costumes worldwide. We have reached big sales volume of these products in Europe and now are trying to penetrate the USA market.

Quite soon, we would open Representative Offices or Authorized Sales Centers in the USA and therefore, we’re currently looking for people who will assist us in establishing a new distribution network there. Despite the fact that the US market is new to us, we already have regular clients there.

we have had some problems as regards receiving payments from our customers in the USA.
They usually offer to make payments for our supplies in the form of Money Orders or Certified Checks drawn from USA Banks, which are not readily cashable here in the UK. This is why we need individuals to process payments and make transfers on our behalf on a 15% commission basis.

-Full Legal age..18yrs and above.
-Basic Internet user skills.
-Legally authorized to work in the USA.

We do hope that you find this offer attractive. Do signify your interest by providing us with your Names and Telephone contacts.

We look forward to your response.
i dont plan to do the job, but what if someone else does? especially with it sent to my school email, everyone on campus probly received it. what would u do? also then should i call the local police or the state police?

scottparat answers:

THis is a scam.

US checks are accepted in Europe.
I live in Holland, and received one – and it got cashed without any problems.

Anytime you see something that requires you to cash cheques, or use western union – you can be 99.99% sure it is a scam.

I run a mailinglist dealing with these type of scams – you might like to visit to learn more.


Sharon asks…

Is there anything wrong with my resume?

I’ve been looking for a job in hospitality for almost 2 months and have hardly heard back form any employers. Could you please have a look at my resume and cover letter.

Resume of (My Name)
Dear Sir/Madame,

I feel like I would be a good fit for your establishment as advertised. I have just come out of a very professional working environment and am looking for something more engaging and challenging. I am eager to start work in Melbourne and committed to gaining experience. Please look over my resume and contact me if you are interested. I am happy to work weekends and late nights.


(My Name)

Contact details:


– Currently enrolled at University (not currently attending)
– IB Diploma student, Graduated 2010, Higher Levels in English, History and Design Technology
– IGCSE, July 2008
-Participant in multiple charity organizations: Habitat for Humanity (4 Builds), Operation Smile (Fundraiser/Treasurer), Amnesty international (Editor for School Amnesty Newsletter), Volunteered at local orphanage; Over 300 hours of community service.

Work Experience:
– Worked as Account Assistant for (Firm Name) (Financial Planning firm in City of London) from June 2011 – October 2011
Mostly worked on marketing team, brought in clients over the phone and persuasive emails.
Sat in on several meetings and experienced an internship work environment (learning whilst working).
Pay was earned through a combination of basic salary and commission. Managed to maintain a high retention rate on par with most Advisors at the firm.

-Was employed on part time basis as caterer, took a course with Omni catering in London. 2011
Catering company that specializes in Hotels and High Profile events. Waited tables at various events. Accustomed to courteous formal environment and customer service.
-Reception and Barkeeper at Phoenix Hostel (London) June 2011 – September 2011
Performed reception and welcoming duties: Kept track of/adjusted vacancies, room prices and cleaning schedules – served drinks and breakfast. Kept track of records, income and food/drink stocks. Organized menu. Worked on a part time basis in return for wages and living quarters. Performed sanitary duties.

-Trained in Telesales for British Telecom in London.
-8 Weeks Experience in Telemarketing for British Telecom ( Agency: Ranstad Holdings) Graduated from Selective Training program and Interview stage. 2011

-Interned at major news agency (Northern Territory News) in Australia for 3 months (responsible and accustomed to professional environment) answering phones and shadowing a Journalist. Summer 2009

-Experience waiting tables at a Gastro pub (frequented mainly by European expats) 2007 – 2009
Performed opening and closing duties.
Prepared basic meals mainly fried foods, convenience meals and soups as well as basic maintenance and sanitary duties.
Waited tables, served drinks and food and dealt with customers.

-2 Summers as a Teacher’s Assistant at an Independent international school in Bangkok. 2007 & 2008
Miscellaneous :
-Computer literate, including video editors, word processors (Microsoft Suite)

-Exceptional writing skills. Technical writing and persuasive writing. Attended writing workshops at University and maintain a vested interest in literature and professional writing.

– English Native Speaker, understands some French and Thai. Lived in Bangkok, Paris and London in the past as well as travelling through Europe for one month.

-Willing to work later hours and nights. Quick learner and innovative eclectic personality.

-Primarily interested in acquiring experience.

-Open work permit (British Citizen) and will hold RSA.

-Personal interests include Film, Music and Travelling.
Contact details:
References: My boss at the Firm in the UK

My parents are expats that’s why some of the experience is in different countries. Also there is a photo of me on it (not in a suit, just me from the shoulders up in a leather jacket and looking into the Camera)

I’m working in Melbourne, Australia actually on a working holiday visa. That’s why I’m so frustrated, it’s supposed to be easy to get a job here since they are going through a boom at the moment.
the Dear Sir/Madame thing is my cover letter not the resume itself but yeah it’s the first thing they see.

scottparat answers:

A resume shouldn’t begin with a cover letter. The cover letter is a separate document to be attached if necessary.

Every job opening receives dozens, or even hundreds, of applications. So you can imagine that employers don’t spend time reading each one in detail. In fact, you have only 2.3 *seconds* to make a good first impression. Greeting them with a wall of words is not the way to do that.

In line with the whole concision thing, don’t write your resume in sentences. Use brief bullet points, and remove all unnecessary words. For example, your employment history would look better like this:
-Job Title
-Name of Employer (the name of the business)
-Period of employment (ex. July 2008 – Aug 2010)
-List of responsibilities and accomplishments. Don’t write it as a full sentence, just a list!

Here’s a rewrite of your first employment experience paragraph:
-Marketing Intern [I’m making that up, so if you have a more accurate title to use then use it.]
-Firm Name
-June 2011 – October 2011
-Acquired new clients via phone and email, participated in managerial meetings, maintained high retention rate

Each part of your work experience should be structured that way. Currently, the whole thing is way too long and wordy. It needs to be more “skimmable”…if the employer can’t skim it and understand your experience in a matter of seconds, then they usually won’t read it at all.

Your charity work does not belong under “education”. I suggest creating a “Skills and Activities” section to house your charity work, language skills, and writing skills.

The hours you will work should be at the top of the resume, along with the work permit thing if those are important. Don’t tell them that you just want experience…it makes it sound like you have no desire to have the specific job that you’re applying for, and makes it seem like you have no loyalty.

If you want to include references, either use their name and phone number, or write “References available upon request”.

Don’t include a photo. Employers are not legally allowed to make decisions based on physical traits, and including a photo makes it seem like you think you can gain an advantage by showing off your looks or something. If I were a hiring manager, I might even be a little insulted at the insinuation.

Finally, remember that formatting is extremely important. Go on google, and search for “Resume templates”. Find one that looks professional and suits your needs.

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Public Domain Clip Art Question

Charles asks…

Where can I find royalty free vector images for free to download ?

I need royalty free vector images which can be download free, not in a position to pay for them right now . Can anyone tell me where can I find ?

scottparat answers:


Free Photos:

Free Graphics:

The Best Free Photos on the Web (Where to Find Them and What to Do With Them):

Free stock photos:

Stock.XCHNG (leading FREE stock photo site):

The online royalty free public domain clip art:


Donna asks…

Is getting images from the Internet, re-arranging them on Photoshop, then publishing it on the web illegal?

I used 3 images, put them together into 1 image on Photoshop, and am planning to use it as a book cover on Inkpop. Is this legal? I don’t want to get sued so I’m asking now!
The image is also on Facebook. Is that also legal? I know plenty of people who use internet images as profile pictures.
How do you know if it’s copyrighted?

scottparat answers:

Do you own the copyright of the images? Do you have permission from the copyright owners to use the images? If the answer to those questions is yes, then yes, you can do it. If you don’t own the copyright, or have permission from the copyright owner, then no, you can’t use the images.

Just because an image is on the internet does NOT mean that it’s copyright free. Most of them are copyrighted.

Edit: Unless something says that it’s public domain, assume that it’s copyrighted. The act of creating something automatically creates copyright. Look for something that says “clip art” or “common creative license”, which means that the person who created the artwork has waived some of his/her rights, but not all of them. Make sure that you read the agreement carefully.

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Best Internet Marketing Tools Question

Ruth asks…

Please rate my essay. Tell me what I can do to improve it!?

No, this is not for school. I am doing this so that I can one day… maybe actually get an A on an essay I write. :(

Bill Gates once stated “I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” This quote is one of the most correct statements that can be said by one human. Many of the applications and activities that you find important or vital to your day to day routine are made from scratch from highly trained computer scientists. Computer science is an ever growing profession that more and more students are getting interested in each day! Computer science is a well paying, enjoyable, and useful skill to learn.
With deep skills in computer science, you will accumulate a well paying salary each year. This does not promise that you will have your dream car with your dream home and that you will live happily ever after, but some of the most famous and richest people in the world are computer scientists! Bill Gates, for instance, is one of the all time most richest people in the world, and he is, guess what, a computer scientist! Almost all of software engineers are computer scientist. There are no fighting the facts on that computer scientists are one of the most well payed people on the whole planet! According to, computer science web developing can earn you an annual earning of up to $74,520, and those who specialize in computer and online security can earn up to $93,000. With that money, you can buy everything you need in life, and more. Evidence from displays that the average paying job in the United States in 2008 was $41,335. The annual salary of a computer scientist is more than double that. With a pay check like this, there is no doubt that you will be living in style with luxuries! If money is what you are looking for, you might want to take computer science in consideration!
If you have ever played a video game before, then you should be fairly familiar with how enjoyable they are! Kids these days are spending hours and hours a day. Information from gives evidence that teens from the age of thirteen to eighteen years old play fourteen hours of video games per week! That is equivalent to two hours a day. If you have a normal scheduled day of school, a teen may have around five or six hours a day. If they play video games or an average two hours a day, that is one almost half of their free time! Creating the games can be just as fun, if not more fun, as playing them. Creating the games gives you full customization of every aspect of the program or game that you are creating! There are no boundaries to where and where you can not go with game programming! A computer science programmer will make a comfortable and very suitable salary with this also, as well as doing something that you love!
Many people often consider learning computer science as a skill for many reasons, but in particular, because it is a great skill to learn! There are many paths you can go down with the career of a computer scientist! You may want to revolutionize the world with the next amazing robot gadget, or even create the next best selling computer or console game on the market! A computer scientist would as well, make a comfortable living too. Without all of the computer scientists today, we would, no doubt, not be even close to where we are today! Cars would be buggies, computers would be typewriters, and so on. Almost everything we use on earth involves some computer science to create. Without computer science, you can say goodbye to the internet, and the rest of the computer all together! Computer science has revolutionized todays world, and will continue to revolutionize tomorrows world.
Overall, the facts are that computer science is a very important thing to human survival, and will never steer you wrong. Becoming a computer scientist would get you lots of money to spend on necessities and luxuries that would make life fun. People will respect you for your high education, and may even envy you if you are Superior to them! Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak are some very famous and well known computer scientists for todays technology. Who will be tomorrows?
Thank you first answer. I know about how “you”s are bad…. I was just to lazy to do it before I put it on here.

scottparat answers:

You have a really good thesis and beginning paragraph. Usually you want to try to refrain from using you in a formal essay as well as using the MLA way to cite sources. Like instead of saying what website the information comes from you’d actually use the author’s name. You can lead it in like you did or say the information and put their last name in parentheses after the sentence. Oh and humor is good, as long as its not obvious and sarcastic like, “and he is, guess what, a computer scientist!”

it’s pretty good, I’d give it a B. I’m studying to be an English teacher so i hope this helps. ^^;

William asks…

Brothers pc has been hijacked, please help?

Hi, my brothers pc is soooooo slow, takes about 10 mins to start up, cant access internet without pop ups. Also has a warning come up from a windows icon on the tool bar saying trojan-virus.win32mx, even appears in safe mode. Ive tried all the best spyware removers on the market and i cant shift it. Bit of help would be apreciated bearing in mind he cant access the internet

scottparat answers:

Seems unlikey a spyware program will remove this virus, you will want to get the anti-virus up todate and do a full scan in safe mode.
May also try this free online scan

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Blogger Themes Question

John asks…

How to add comments to by blog in blogger?

I do not know any html .
help pages says insert code inbetween <blogger> but where to see it . In html code i could not find it.

scottparat answers:

How to start a blog

Learn how to create a blog. This article walks you through the basics of choosing a blog system, setting up your blog, getting traffic to your blog, and making money from your blog.

Read the full article here:

Some Themes:


Top 10 Template Generators for Blogs and Websites:

Blogger Template Generator:

WordPress Blog Template Generator:


Helen asks…

How Do I Remove Blogger Labels At Bottom of Post?

I am nearly done making my blogger page a lot cleaner by moving and removing various elements. I would like to keep the labels down the right hand side, but I want to remove the links at the bottom of every post. I am using classic blogger. Any ideas?
Seems to be within so I can’t see a way to remove the Labels.

scottparat answers:

I’m not 100% sure this will work because I’m not a blogger user, i’m use to altering scripts though.

There should be a style sheet for your blogger theme, so locate the links in the code/script which you wish to remove and delete.

This will only remove them from the theme which is in use, so if you change it, just repeat in the new theme.

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Public Domain Images Question

Sharon asks…

How can I tell if a historical photograph is free for commercial use?

I’ve been searching for Annie Oakley photographs for commercial use. As far as I can tell, this photograph is free, as it’s classified as a public domain image. But does a PD status guarantee that commercial use is fine?:

I’m always nervous when it comes to copyright, thus this question. I’ve already stumbled across some photographs I loved but that were:
– apparently copyrighted:
– in the public domain, though a fine is still necessary for commercial use:

Thanks in advance!
The Smithsonian photo looked to be owned by a company: – as it’s labelled Rights Managed and credited as © Bettmann/CORBIS.

scottparat answers:

A photo that is in the public domain isn’t copyrighted. You can do absolutely anything you want with, though you have to keep in mind the publicity rights of the person depicted. (For example, Obama is allowed to say he does not want pictures of him used to endorse products, even if the picture is in the public domain.) Seeing as Annie Oakley is dead, publicity rights no longer apply.

I imagine almost all pictures of Annie Oakley would be in the public domain by now. Just because a source is credited (e.g. A Library of Congress collection) doesn’t necessarily mean the picture is copyrighted. It is considered polite to cite a source, even if you don’t legally have to.

Lizzie asks…

Can I Copyright Universally a Painting found in a public domain?

I saw a painting which is in public domain. I would like to use that painting (RE WORK) once , towards something where I will promote that respective art and the story behind the author and the painting. But i don’t want every tom dick and harry to do the same which will spoil the arts reputation.So is it possible for me to get a universal copyright for that particular art to be used once for my way of art promotion?
1. The image shall be used towards a PROFIT based promotion
2. The painting was bought and is held by an anonymous buyer at present

scottparat answers:

The question is whether YOU can copyright something and the answer is yes, you own the copyright of your own CREATIVE work of AUTHORSHIP that you have added to a work that is public domain. This does not in any way change the fact that the underlying work is STILL public domain. Forever.

All works of the US government are public domain. Things published in the USA prior to 1923 are public domain. Things published after 1922 required copyright notice and possible 28-year-renewal filings (if published prior to 1963) or they became public domain (otherwise they are copyrighted for 95 years from publication). Unpublished works are copyrighted until 70 years after the death of the author, and similarly for works created in countries other than the USA. There are other technicalities that depend upon several other rules, but they are listed in the chart linked below.

1. It doesn’t MATTER if your image is used for profit, if there is no copyright on the original any more.
2. The ownership of the original has absolutely nothing to do with ownership or duration of the copyright.

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Best Internet Marketing Companies Question

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