Q: Am I allowed to copy images from newspapers, etc? What are my copyright obligations here?

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A:  I would not copy images from websites, although I’ve seen some people use smaller degraded thumbnails (of charts, for instance) that point back to the originals.   In any case, proper attribution of any content is the defacto norm for most ‘professional’ bloggers.   Continue reading “Q: Am I allowed to copy images from newspapers, etc? What are my copyright obligations here?”