"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."
Ah yes. Copyrights. The fun part. So let's get right to it. Every single image you see on this website has been custom designed and created for us. These aren't stock images. As photographers and designers, we're the sole owners of all photos/text/concepts/recipes/designs of this site. It might not look like it but you're looking at countless of hours spent just styling the photo shoots, more hours editing the images and even more hours (more like nights!) putting together this website.
The photos and any and all content you see has been created exclusively for the use of North Country Soapworks and may not be reproduced, copied, screen grabbed, transmitted, manipulated or used in any context without the explicit written permission of North Country Soapworks. If you decide to steal our content (photos as well as text), the couch dog will kick your butt. And it'll get expensive for you. Actually, we're only joking on the first bit because the couch dog doesn't really like to get off the couch. But stealing our content will cost you.
Here's a breakdown of the costs should you (or the mysterious webmaster who gets blamed for this a lot) decide to not heed our friendly warning: 1000 USD per photo/incident. We're that serious because we have put a lot of time, love, thought, planning and effort into our website & styled shoots. If you love our photos, great. Give us a holler if you're looking for a kick-ass product photographer/stylist and we'll create our photo magic just for you and your company. Just don't steal our stuff.
What does "copyright" mean?
Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1976 starts with the creation of that work and lasts for the life of the creator and fifty years after the creator's death. Unless the creator of that work gives explicit permission in writing, nobody has the right to use his/her work. In our case, the math looks something like this: We plan to live for another 45 years, add 50 after our death which means to check back in around 95 years. :-)
What does "in the public domain" mean?
Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited or abandoned so technically, no one person or entity owns them. Unlike everything you see on this site, which is owned & copyrighted by North Country Soapworks. Just because something is online does not mean it's in "the public domain".
What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?
We love the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For a couple of reasons. For one, it heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the internet (again, just because it's online doesn't mean it's up for grabs). It also stipulates that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) must remove material from users' Web sites that appears to constitute copyright infringement.
I can take your photo/text if I give your credit/link to your site, right?
Nope. It's still in violation of the DMCA. It's still taking without permission. Let's just say it's not a photo but a car. Taking our company's car and telling your friends, "hey, I took North Country Soapworks' car" doesn't make it ok for you to take our car. Same thing with our photos and text.
So this was our little soap box speech. We're this serious because this topic is close to our hearts. We've seen our content taken and used by other sites time and time again. It's always been "oh, my webmaster did it, I didn't know" or "but I found it online" or something similar. If you like our photos, don't steal them. Be creative. Create your own photos. It's good for your karma and the dog won't have get off the couch.
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