Copyright Info and How to Request Permission for Reuse

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, and contact Mari if you have questions or need help.
© 2009-2015 by Mari Lynch.  Site includes material previously copyrighted by Mari Lynch.   All rights reserved.
  • 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.
  • All material on this site is protected by copyright and trademark laws, and other laws relating to the protection of intellectual property.
  • Mari Lynch is the copyright holder of all text and photographs produced by Mari Lynch and published on this site.
  • Additional copyright holders on this site—e.g., guest posts, photos, and art contributed by others—also require written permission from their copyright holders before reuse. Contact Mari for further info.
  • 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.

FAQ: What about linking to Bicycling Monterey?

  • Brief excerpts and links are welcome and appreciated, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey. 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, please ask if you would like help with appropriate brief text, or images, 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 links below.

How to request permission for reuse

Contact Mari by phone (831-375-6278), postal mail (Mari Lynch, PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA  93942-3041), or email (click here to go to the “Contact” page, where an email form is provided.

FAQ: What about reusing photos and art?

The first six years (May 2009 through April 2015), permission for one-time reuse—granted only for your own website, unless otherwise specified—has been provided free of charge to a wide range of public service providers. Beginning May 2015, a standard fee for photo reuse will normally be required. Reduced fees or fee waivers may be granted in a limited number of cases—feel free to inquire. Contributions are appreciated.

When permission has been granted for reuse of a photo, the following acknowledgement is required. The photo is also to be linked to this site’s home page:

Photo courtesy of – Used by permission.

Photos are not to be published on social media sites, such as Facebook, with this exception:

  • If you post on Facebook a link to a Bicycling Monterey post or page, Facebook normally auto-generates publication of a photo from the Bicycling Monterey site, even though Facebook’s bots will likely pull an unrelated Bicycling Monterey photo. In such cases, since Facebook also auto-generates a reference that includes the source URL of, and that will be sufficient as a photo credit acknowledgement.
  • Although Facebook  displays (as of 5/1/15) only “” and not “,” the link that the person posts on their Facebook wall still comes directly to this site ( AKA
  • Please contact me if you have any questions.
Reminder 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 credited (“Photo courtesy of – Used by permission.”). This includes such things as using a photo in a PDF posted online, in a report, slide show, or other presentation. A standard fee for photo use will be required.

Below are two 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 the following citation in the report’s sources section.
Citation: Mari Lynch Blog. Entry on “Personal Safety.” (retrieved May 11, 2011).


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

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.

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

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.

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 such as Bicycling Monterey find it increasingly necessary to provide detailed reminders about copyright. As the Usage notice of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Newsroom states: “Unless otherwise indicated, all content featured or displayed on this site…and all rights in relation to the Content are reserved.”

Respect copyright.

To learn more about copyright, see:

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