Copyright Info and How to Request Permission for Reuse

© 2009-2018 by Mari Lynch. Website includes material previously copyrighted by Mari Lynch. All rights reserved.

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All other users, please continue reading.

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Did you know? Since founding Bicycling Monterey in 2009, the founder has donated well over 10,000 hours to the Bicycling Monterey projects, including this website. Click donate button below to contribute to the Bicycling Monterey work via PayPal. For FAQs, click here.

  • 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. Phone 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. Phone 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?


Phone 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

The first eight years (May 2009 until May 2017), no payment has been received for reuse of any photo from this site; any permission granted has been provided free of charge. Starting in August 2015, it has been advised that 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. When permission is granted, it is normally for one-time reuse of a photo, only for your own website or presentation.

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 phone Bicycling Monterey if you have questions.


To consulting firms, contractors, and others

While it’s appreciated that you find Bicycling Monterey photos or other content valuable for your work, it isn’t okay to reuse the material without first obtaining written permission.

If permission is granted, the source must be acknowledged (e.g., “Photo courtesy of – Used by permission.”). This includes such things as using a photo in a PDF or other document whether or not it is discoverable online; or in a slide show, report, or other presentation. A standard fee for reuse 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

Sadly, numerous others have reused Bicycling Monterey content without permission and without crediting it—presenting Bicycling Monterey work as their own. This has been spotted by chance in contract proposals for public agencies, and in other presentations for which the infringers were highly paid by public agencies. Among infringers of Bicycling Monterey content are paid professionals working for nationally known corporations and small firms alike, as well as some working for cities or other public agencies. All that have been caught were bearing degrees from U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, or other renowned educational institutions. Some even have ethics specialties on their resumes. Unless these renowned universities are falling down in their teaching, this theft of Bicycling Monterey’s intellectual property didn’t happen because of the infringers’ lack of knowledge of copyright law, or of business ethics.

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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Since founding Bicycling Monterey in May 2009, the founder has donated well over 10,000 hours to the Bicycling Monterey projects, including this website. Click donate button below to contribute to the Bicycling Monterey work via PayPal. Or, to contribute via check or crowdfunding, and for FAQs, click here.