Is Material Found on the Internet Considered Public Domain?

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“I am a writer and occasionally would like to use illustrations on my blog site. If I find a picture, illustration, graphic, etc., on the Internet may I copy, paste, re-size it to include it in a blog posting without getting prior approval unless specifically required? If the material is “out there” on the Internet is it considered in the public domain and available for public use?”

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No, material on the Internet is subject to copyright just as if it were in a book or magazine.



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