Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 1
There are many graphics used on Web pages that you can save for use in your own
materials. Some graphics, however, are copyrighted, and you need permission to copy
and use them.
Copyright Law for the Internet
The term copyright applies to the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, or sell a
product (in its literary, musical, or artistic form) by its originator. Copyright laws have
served to protect the use of original and creative products of individuals and groups for
many years. You have probably seen the copyright symbol © on the inside cover of almost
every book you have ever read and have been made aware of the repercussions of copy-
ing someone else’s work without giving that person credit—in other words, plagiarism .
Now, with the availability of and accessibility to a seemingly infinite amount of prod-
ucts and information, the scope of copyright law has taken a new direction and given rise
to the term cyberlaw . Whether you refer to copyright law or cyberlaw, you need to be
aware of the legal issues that revolve around the use and reproduction of the information
that is readily available on the World Wide Web.
Before you download or copy the graphics, maps, images, sounds, or information on
Web sites that you visit, you need to find out if and how you can use the materials. If you
want to use materials that you have found on a Web site, you need to get permission from
the owner of the site. Often, Web sites include their copyright and permission-request
information on their home pages. Some Web sites indicate that the material is “free,” but
almost everything on the Internet is copyrighted. Even if you think that information or
material you have found on a Web site does not fall within the scope of copyright protec-
tion, you should always request permission to use it. For example, you might be able to
copy a picture to your computer, but you do not have a right to reproduce it in your own
You may also encounter the term fair use . This term applies to material that can be
used for educational or nonprofit purposes, as opposed to commercial profit. Information
that is considered factual or materials that are so old that copyright protection no longer
exists fall under the category of fair use. You should still give credit to any Web site that
you used in your research.
You have learned about the Internet and the World Wide Web, and how to use Internet
Explorer to browse Web pages. You have saved a Web page and a graphic that Susan
wants to send to the ad agency. In the next session, you will learn about e-mail.
Session 1 Quick Check
1. Describe the relationship between the Internet and the World Wide Web.
2. What is the purpose of a Web browser?
3. Identify and define each part of the following URL:
4. Not all URLs include a filename, so most Web browsers load the file
as the default name for a Web site’s home page.
5. Briefly define the term “home page.”
6. What are some of the ways you can return to a Web site you have previously visited?
7. What are search engines and why are they important to people using the Internet?
8. To save an entire Web page, including graphics, frames, and styles, you select the
option in the Save Web Page dialog box.
To reinforce the tasks you
learned in this session, go
to the SAM 2003 Training
Companion CD included
with this text.
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