Copyright Restrictions and Protections
All rights are reserved. Reproduction of images (or any parts of an image),
text or other media from this web site by any means (including electronic, mechanical, recording by an information storage and retrieval system, derivative art and artistic rendering) is prohibited. The use of any content or image on this web site for any purpose requires the permission in writing (a license) by Alpacas By The Sea or the legal owner of such property. We are striving for and have established a unique and original look with our page layouts, color schemes and architecture as well as graphics and written content.
We hope you will help us to preserve this uniqueness by respecting our rights to originality when designing your site.
A lobbying group in Washington recently released "The Netsurfer's Simple Guide To Copyrights," which distills U.S. copyright law into five maxims:
|If you didn't create a written work, art, photograph, or music, or obtain distribution rights to it, you don't own it.|
|If you don't own it, you can't copy or distribute it.|
|The author or owner must explicitly relinquish rights for a work to be placed in the
|Fair use allows copying of small portions of a work without the owner's permission, but only for criticism, education, and news reporting.|
|When in doubt, ask for permission to use a work.|
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME?
download, forward, save, retrieve, store or do anything else with the artwork displayed on this site, except look at it.
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT
So that you can't claim you didn't know, the use of a copyright notice is not required for works first published
on and after March 1, 1989. All rights are reserved by the artists and copyright owners.
All material on this site is protected by United States and international copyright laws.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?
The owner of a registered copyright can enforce his rights by bringing a civil lawsuit in Federal District Court. In addition, the Federal government itself can act.
Criminal actions can be brought by the U.S. Attorney; and Customs and Postal officials may seize and impound infringing articles that are being imported. Recovery of attorneys' fees is possible if the suit is successful.
The penalties for infringement can be substantial. In civil actions brought by the copyright owner, the court may
order forfeiture and/or destruction not only of all infringing articles, but also of any implements used to manufacture the infringing articles. The court may even order seizure and impoundment of such articles prior to
trial, and in some cases, without prior notice to the alleged
violator. In addition to obtaining an order stopping the infringement and ordering destruction of infringing articles, the court can order payment of any
provable damages, including lost profits. The copyright owner can elect to receive "statutory damages". The minimum amount of statutory damages that can be awarded for copyright infringement is $500; and the
maximum is $20,000. If the infringement was willful, the potential statutory damage award is increased to $100,000 for each act of infringement. In addition, attorneys' fees may be awarded.
In addition to civil
penalties, copyright violators can be prosecuted under the federal criminal laws. All willful copyright infringement is a criminal offense. The lowest penalty is conviction of a federal misdemeanor, with a prison
sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $5000. More serious penalties are levied against
violators who make multiple copies of a work, or who copy expensive works. It is a felony, punishable by up to five years
in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 to willfully infringe copyrights of others by making, during a 180-day period, ten or more copies of a work which have a cumulative value of $2500 or more. Second and subsequent
offenses carry a prison term of up to ten years in addition to the fine. Companies which willfully infringe can be assessed up to $500,000 in fines.