A Friendly Reminder About Cartoon Copyrights

This website and its cartoons are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. It’s easy to get permission to use my cartoons legally by sending your request to randy@glasbergen.com

Web cartoons may be funny, but copyright law is serious business. Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is against the law. It is illegal to use copyrighted material without proper authorization, that includes use in newsletters, presentations, websites, blogs, social media, any type of print or electronic media. Regardless of the source, you should assume that all cartoons you find in print or electronic media are copyrighted by the person who created them.

Some cartoonists will let violators off easy with a warning and a request to cease and desist, others will contact a lawyer to pursue the matter more aggressively.  Getting permission to use a cartoon is easy, but getting caught violating copyright law can be expensive. Instead of “borrowing” a cartoon for your newsletter or presentation, contact the cartoonist for permission…a small permission fee is a lot less expensive than defending yourself in court.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about copyrights and how they apply to you and the material you find on the Internet.

Here are 3 excellent articles that I think you will find helpful and informative:

If you have a friend, coworker or associate who should be educated on this matter, please forward this page to them — http://www.glasbergen.com/cartoon-copyrights/

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