I am a bit concerned about the non-textual part of the content, because I will necessarily need to "borrow and use" some copyrighted materials from other sources.
Could you please provide some simple guidelines with regard to the re-use of such (non-authorized) materials -- especially images such as non-trademarked logos or background images?
I am concerned about having my websites shut down because of some copyright violation. To be clear, the materials that I intend to re-use would not be the centerpiece of my website -- only a side dish, as it were (it's not like I take images from another website's photo gallery and I use them for a gallery on my website).
I am willing to take some risk, knowing that it would be too difficult to stay 100% on the right side of the copyright laws, but I need some indications about what is "reasonably safe" (i.e. tolerated to some extent).
Two related questions come to my mind:
1) if the copyrighted materials I use for my webpages are NOT hosted on my main website (but on another website owned by me, which I use as a media store), and I just link to them from my webpages, will my main website still risk being shut down because of copyright violations?
2) if a copyrighted picture is cropped or edited in some way, will it still retain its copyrighted status?
Any related advice is very much welcome, especially practical advice and examples from real-life cases.
Thanks to all.