Copyright Info and How to Request Permission for Reuse

© 2009-2017 by Mari Lynch. Website includes material previously copyrighted by Mari Lynch. All rights reserved.

If you are a curator or framer or have an aggregate site, portal, rewriting site, or “The Such-and-Such Daily Is Out” site, scroll down to Advisory.

All other users, please continue reading.

Contact Mari if you have questions or need help.

  • All material on this site is protected by copyright and trademark laws, and other laws relating to the protection of intellectual property.
  • Unless otherwise specified below, written permission is necessary in order to reuse any text, photos, art, or other material on this website. This material is provided online, free of charge, for personal use only.
  • Mari Lynch is the copyright holder of all text and photographs produced by Mari Lynch and published on this site. Contact Mari to request permission for reuse.
  • Additional copyright holders on this site—e.g., contributors of guest posts, photos, or art—also require permission before reuse of their material. Contact Mari for further information.
  • Any material used on this site that is not original and is under copyright is used under Fair Use under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107 or other appropriate legislation. If you come across any infringing material, please contact Mari so the material can be removed immediately.
To learn more about copyright laws, scroll down to Respect Copyright.

How to request permission for reuse?

Contact Mari. Click here for contact information.

FAQ: What about reusing a photo?
If written permission has been given for reuse of a photo, the following acknowledgement is normally required.
Photo courtesy of – Used by permission.

If used online, the photo is also to be linked to either this site’s home page ( – or to the specific page on this site where the photo appeared.

About photo reuse fees, and about contributions

From May 2009 through July 2015, permission for one-time reuse of photos—granted only for your own website or presentation—has been provided free of charge to all. Beginning August 2015, a standard fee for photo reuse will usually be required. Reduced fees or fee waivers may be granted in some cases; feel free to ask.

Regardless, making a contribution shows your recognition that the Bicycling Monterey website and other projects exist because of all the time, skills, and other resources freely given by founder Mari Lynch. Contributions in any amount are meaningful and appreciated.
FAQ: What about posting a photo on Facebook or other social media sites? 
  • You are welcome to post a link to Bicycling Monterey on Facebook. If you do, Facebook normally auto-generates publication of a Bicycling Monterey photo, even though Facebook’s bot will likely pull an unrelated photo. Since Facebook also auto-generates a reference that includes as the source URL “,” that will be sufficient as an acknowledgement.
  • Although Facebook‘s bot displays (as of 8/12/15) only “” and not “” (AKA Bicycling Monterey), the link that a person posts on Facebook still goes to the blog /the Bicycling Monterey site.
  • Please contact me if you have questions.


to consulting firms, contractors, and other paid professionals

While it’s appreciated that you find the photos valuable for your work, it isn’t okay to reuse the photos without first obtaining written permission. In all cases, the source of the photo must be acknowledged (“Photo courtesy of – Used by permission.”). This includes such things as using a photo in a PDF or other document that may end up discoverable online, or in a slide show, report, or other presentation. A standard fee for photo use will normally be required.

Below are three examples of reuse of a Bicycling Monterey photo, with an approved alternate credit line included:

  1. Transportation for Michigan – Community Strategies for Bus Stop Improvement and Maintenance
  2. From the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Complete Streets Tool Kit, Chapter 6: – Acknowledgement and link alongside the photo, and a citation in the report’s sources section.
  3. Sightline Institute: News and Views for a Sustainable Northwest
FAQ: What about linking to Bicycling Monterey?
  • Brief excerpts and links are welcome and appreciated, provided that full and clear credit is given to the source (e.g., Include appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Not sure how to do that? Contact Mari for help. To ensure accuracy in sharing information, ask Mari if you need help with appropriate text to accompany your link.
  • Facebook users: You are welcome to post a link on  your Facebook wall.  If you’re confused by Facebook’s auto-generated info and photo, contact Mari for help. Read more about Facebook elsewhere on this page.
FAQ: What about copying Bicycling Monterey’s links to other sites?

When sharing links, research the sources yourself so you have a personal understanding of the content, and write your own text.  Whenever appropriate, include an acknowledgement of

Note: The Spanish-language bicycling resources page is an anomaly on this site, in that it is largely a compilation of resources provided on other sites. Such research takes a lot of time! A brief excerpt from the Spanish resources page is allowable; give appropriate and specific direction to the original source, and include a credit acknowledging Contact Mari for more details.


to curators, framers, aggregate sites, link blogs, portals, rewriting sites, and “The Such-and-Such Daily Is Out” sites:

Reuse of Bicycling Monterey material is not allowed by such sites without written permission.  All material on this site is copyright protected.  Infringements are subject to enforcement by U.S. and international copyright laws. Click here to visit the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use webpages on linking and framing. As stated in the framing section, “When framing the content of another site…you are entering hazardous territory. Unless you know a site won’t object (and preferably have their agreement in writing), you should proceed very carefully if you want to frame its content.”

If written permission is granted to excerpt from this site, the following are required:
  1. inspire readers to go to the source post (to…)
  2. do not serve as a substitute for the need to read the source post
  3. make it easy to see the source link

To learn more about copyright, see additional resources at the end of this webpage.

And of course, phishing sites are reported, e.g., to Google and US-CERT.

Hey, the Internet is fair game. That’s just how it is today….

Theft is theft.  Despite popular opinion, that’s true for copyrighted material/intellectual property as it is for stealing property of other types.

The Internet has made theft easy. It still hasn’t made theft ethical.

Some people attempt to explain away ripping off content. Often they call Internet theft a matter of “freedom,” and they may convince their audience by confusing them, by mixing in other valid issues (e.g., Creative Commons licensing), and by distracting from the core issues.

If you find material on this site valuable and want to share it with others:
  1. See “Acknowledgements—and How You Can Help.
  2. Refer to “FAQ: What about linking to Bicycling Monterey” found elsewhere on this page. Contact Mari with any questions. 
  3. If you want to reuse the material, be sure to contact Mari to request permission first, to avoid copyright infringement.

Many creators of original content—including Bicycling Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (see Usage notice in their Newsroom), and others—find it increasingly necessary to post detailed reminders about copyright. Even people with business and other degrees from top universities often seem to lack knowledge about business ethics and copyright laws.

Respect copyright.

To learn more about copyright, see:

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