I Support Originality
I have been online for many years now and I still remember building my first website through Yahoo! Geocities. Of course back then, it was not uncommon to go on a down-loading spree, right-clicking and saving graphics to decorate your website without a thought to copyrights, or the importance of giving credit. Believe it or not, the first copyright law to go into effect here in the United States was in May of 1790.
You must have a family friendly website.
Provide a link back to them for using their graphics on every page you use them on.
Do not alter them in any way, unless specifically stated that you can do so (i.e. adding text).
Do not direct-link to their graphics (this is considered bandwidth theft or hot-linking).
Do not put their graphics into collections or claim as you own.
The World Wide Web should always be a place for everyone enjoy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and over the years a great majority of graphic artists, especially those that made country graphics, closed their websites indefinitely due to graphic abuse and theft. It has been 20 years since I made my first website and I owe a debt of gratitude to these amazing artists for all the hard work and creativity that they have put into the beautiful graphics that I use to decorate my website.
Originality is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus distinguishable from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied from or based upon the work of others.. It is a work created with a unique style and substance. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers. The modern idea of originality is tied to Romanticism, by a notion that is often called romantic originality. - Wikipedia
Plagiarism is the representation of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions as one's own original work. - Wikipedia
Synonyms of plagiarism include to copy and paste, to pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, and steal.