Copyright protects expression—your expression and that of others. All original expression is eligible for copyright protection as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form. In fact, almost all original expression is protected as soon as it is expressed. Virtually everything you can upload and download on the Web is protected by copyright.

Please be aware that all state and federal copyright laws apply equally to Web pages. Specifically, it is unlawful to copy content and/or images from another website and use them without permission from the owner of the content and/or images.

It is not widely known that copyrighted material includes text, graphics, audio and video, even if found on the Web with no obvious ownership applied to the material. Copyright violation is a serious crime. When in doubt, create your own material or locate the owner of the material and obtain specific written permission for the use of the material.