This page highlights the need to use information responsibly. When looking for information on the free web, whether they are images, maps, or data, it becomes especially important to use these resources responsibly. To do this you need a basic understanding of copyright.
Actions like the following involve copyright.
In order to responsibly use information, we need to understand copyright. This tutorial is a quick introduction to the basics.
When you're done, take a moment to think about how this might relate to the need to acknowledge sources in a bibliography of list of citations.
The work must be in some form that can be seen, touched, or heard like a
Once a creation is in a tangible form, there are rights automatically granted to its creator. These legal rights protect the creator by limiting what others can legally do with the work.
|These rights can limit others from
|What does this mean?
|making duplicate copies of the work
|You may have the technology or other ability to print, download, or save a copy of a map, image, or dataset to your computer or device, but you might be breaking the law.
|sharing copies of the work
|You may have the technology or other ability to share a social media post or embed a map on a website, but you might be breaking the law.
|displaying the work publicly
|You may have the technology or other ability to display another's map, image, or dataset to a website, but you might be breaking the law.
|modifying or incorporating the work into something new
|You may have the technology or other ability to create a mash-up of a basemap and data layers, or you might create a spatial database using other's datasets, but you might be breaking the law.