Please note that all designs and written information on this site are copyrighted.
For a good understanding of the copyright laws/myths, please read Brad Tempelton's 10 Big Myths about copyright explained.
You can also find out more information at the official governmental website http://www.copyright.gov/
What is it?
Copyright is about protecting creators. Whenever someone creates something new by putting pen to paper, choreographing a dance, designing a graph, or taking a photo — it is theirs from the moment of its creation forward. And the creator's rights to benefit from that work (literary, artistic, musical, dramatic, written or unwritten) — financially or otherwise — is protected by law.
Copyright law protects authors from having their works copied without their permission. (Title 17 of the United States Code; Copyright Act of 1976).
When the creator of a work dies, the rights to benefit from a work passes to his/her family and continues for 70 years after the creator's death; at that point, the work enters the 'public domain.'"
This is quoted from the Onlne Library Learning Center Copyright Law and Public Domain