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Want To Use A CooperToons?

If you would like to use a CooperToons image or essay there are some guidelines, most of which are 1) common sense and 2) required to comply with copyright laws.

1. All the writings and images are protected by copyright. So permission is required to use a CooperToons. Now it is true that "fair use" does permit the reproduction of short excerpts as part of reviews and commentary without permission. That is an accepted practice and quite legitimate. However, the idea that just because copying is non-profit makes it fair use and does not require permission is not in general correct.

Remember fair use is intended to permit legitimate commentary and review. We're talking one, perhaps two images per review with short excerpts of articles. Copying more than such brief excerpts is not fair use.

2. Web postings should have a link to the URL of the CooperToons HomePage and if possible print media should include the URL as well

3. Permission to use the gag cartoons already posted on the CooperToons web site is usually granted for educational uses in schools and colleges. An acknowledgement of copyright (like "Copyright [year] Charles F. Cooper] should be included on or next to the image

4. Young people's clubs and organizations that have some use for a cartoon are generally given permission as well if the adult sponsors of the organization know the cartoon is going to be used and give the OK. Although CooperToons considers the cartoons are the height of propriety which would scarcely draw a blush to the most sainted of maidenly aunts, there are possibly some cases where the humor might be misunderstood. So, kids, if the grown-ups have a problem with a CooperToons, we have to go with what they say.

5. Simply having a link to a CooperToons page or homepage, particularly if done as a reference, may be done without explicit permission. However, CooperToons does request the webpages be, well, proper and conform to all local, state and province, and national laws.

6. If you want to put a CooperToons up on your refrigerator, in your office, or by the coffee station, consider permission to be granted.

7. Editors of publications who in a lapse of judgement decide they see a CooperToons they must have should expect to pay their standard freelance rate. Requests for tailor made cartoons are also considered, but CooperToons is reluctant to do work where the copyright is transferred. There may be exceptions, such as cases where the work is of a very specific nature that would not have any other potential market, but those cases would be exceptional and not very likely

8. Finally, although this sounds like a terse legal term of service, the user has to guarantee that the cartoon is to be used in a proper and legal manner and assumes such responsibility

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