Here, I rant a little about how you can and cannot use Prairie Bluestem photos and articles!

The following statement applies to all materials on this blog that I have created:

Photos and text copyright © 2006-2012 by Genevieve L. Netz. All rights reserved. Do not republish in any form, on or off the internet. My email address is gnetz51@

What does this mean?

  • Please feel free to make a single copy of anything here for yourself, to look at again at your leisure or to add to your files. 
  • If you want to email something to your friends, please use the email button that is located at the bottom of each post. It's the first button on the left.

  • You may not republish -- distribute, send out, run off, pass around, re-post, etc. -- my work in any way, by any means, either off the internet or on the internet without my permission.  Unless I grant permission in writing, you may not re-use things I have created.

The photos and writing I've created are my intellectual property. They belong to me, and they represent me. They are my creative expression and the products of my hard work. I want to know when, where, how, and by whom they are used.

My email address is It appears in the sidebar of every page of this blog. If you want to use something of mine, please e-mail me, tell me what you are planning, and ask me if you can use whatever it is. Chances are good that I will say yes to a reasonable request.

I want to make this very clear. Photos and writing from this blog are not in the public domain. They are not available under any Creative Commons licenses. They are not free to use. All rights are reserved. Do not use my creations on your website or blog. Do not "run off" a few copies to hand out. Do not send out a copy by email to all your friends.  And do not republish them in any other way without asking my permission.

If you don't want to ask permission,
here are a few guidelines to follow:

  1. Stop right there! Do not republish, repost, or reprint my works in any form, either on or off the internet, without written permission.
  2. A link to my blog, posted on your site with my stuff that you decided to take, is not the same as getting written permission.
  3. You can always give a link to the blog post that you want to share.
  4. Please note >>> Give a link to the blog post that you want to share. 
  5. Do not directly link to full-size photographs. Rather, give a link to the page where the photo's thumbnail appears, so the ownership and origin of the photo is clear.
  6. Quotations from this blog should be brief and properly attributed. Apply the principles of fair use.

My e-mail address is
Please write to me if you have questions.

You should always ask permission before using someone else's intellectual property unless they have explicitly stated that it is free to use. It's only fair to the person who worked hard to create the thing that you want to use.

Getting permission is the right and honorable thing to do -- and it's also the legal thing to do.

Most of the material you see on the internet is protected by copyright law. There's no excuse for stealing copyrighted work. Many copyright-free resources are available on the internet. Thousands of clipart sites offer free images, and a surprisingly good digital camera can be purchased for less than $50.

Artist: Tea. Honey Bread. Peace.
Created for the Stop Art Piracy Campaign Project

Ten Big Myths About Copyright Explained

New Rules for Using Public Domain Materials

U.S. Copyright Office

Wikipedia's explanation of Fair Use

Wikipedia's list of Public Domain Image Sources
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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

Thanks for reading.