Copyright Notice:

Images on this site are © Copyright 1991 through 2018 Bob Shomler, unless otherwise identified.

Added copyright notice for dance images of Balanchine ballets: Some photos on the dance pages are of George Balanchine ballets. The George Balanchine Trust, in their licensing of Balanchine works, requires that photos of Balanchine ballets posted on web sites be accompanied by the copyright notice [Name of Ballet], choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, which you will see on the pages where those images appear.

All of the images displayed in these pages are copyright. This means you are not allowed to use them in any way without first getting permission from the copyright owner. If you are unfamiliar with copyright law, check out the U. S. Copyright Office site and Brad Templeton's 10 Big Myths about copyright explained. Note that you can't even sell a painting based on a copyrighted image without running afoul of copyright law; copyright extends not only to the original image, but also to derivative works.

Some of these image files may be used unaltered on your personal (non-commercial) web page, as long as you send me a request in advance (not all photos may be so used), include copyright notice and credit me as the source - EXCEPT that these image files may not be used on any web page where such use may result in assignment of copyright. Check with your service providers if you're not sure of their policy. Some say that by accepting their service and posting web pages you give them rights to the web page content.

If you receive permission and use images on your own personal site, per above, please copy the image file(s) to your site and link to them there. Please do not link to images on this site. Linking to image files increases the transfer load on this free-to-viewers site. Many image folders have been set to allow image access only from site pages.

You may not distribute these images, post them to newsgroups, blogs or social networking sites, link to them from any web pages, use them in newsletters, publish them in print or other media, derive other images or alter the image files in any way, or use them for public display or any commercial purpose without first obtaining written permission.

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I don't like spam (who does?); but aggressive spam filtering can block desired incoming messages. I occasionally receive email rejection notices from some servers that apparently are not expecting email from I do not make efforts to resend these emails. If you're looking for a response from me and do not receive one within a reasonable time it may be that my email to you was blocked by your email program's or service provider's spam filtering.

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