Cookies: How to Improve Your Website and Learn From Your Visitors

Written by Steve Nash

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CookieCentral is an excellent resource dedicated to all things Cookie. The site's described as providing "information of persistent cookies, HTTP cookies, cookies with JavaScript, magic cookies, [and] maintaining state with cookies and more."

But don't worry if that sounds too technical for you, CookieCentral really is a great place to learn aboutrepparttar pros and cons of using cookies. Fromrepparttar 131982 concept of cookies through concerns about privacy to JavaScript and CGI demo code - you'll find it all at CookieCentral.



If you want to know more about how cookies work, then visit these sites:,4161,58390,00.html,aid,15352,pg,1,00.asp


As ever,repparttar 131983 web is filled with free programs and scripts that allow you to use cookies. Whether you want to use JavaScript, CGI/Perl, PHP or ASP - there are free resources that help you implement cookies on your site.

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You can find out a great deal more about using cookies on your site fromrepparttar 131984 following excellent resources. Just do a search for "cookies" and off you go!


Cookies can improve your visitor's experience of your web site, through personalisation. Using cookies, your site may well run more efficiently too, and could provide you with accurate site statistics helping you deliver just what your visitors are looking for. Just use cookies carefully, so your visitors benefit!

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Fair Use

Written by Richard Lowe

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- Wholesale copying of pages from a website to your own website.

- Scanning photographs of Heather Locklear from Cosmopolitan for your fan site.

- Including dozens of sound clips fromrepparttar Simpsons series on your web site. It is still a copyright violation regardless of whether you "borrowed" them fromrepparttar 131980 official Simpsons site or you recorded them from your own VCR.

- You are annoyed because your favorite encyclopedia site now charges a monthly fee instead of being ad supported. You include several articles directly on your own site so people will not have to payrepparttar 131981 fee to seerepparttar 131982 articles.

These would not only violate copyright law, but they would also violate bandwidth stealing rules.

- Linking directly to a photo of Heather Locklear onrepparttar 131983 Cosmopolitan site. You could do this legally by (a) asking and receiving permission, or (b) creating a link torepparttar 131984 HTML document onrepparttar 131985 Cosmopolitan site which containsrepparttar 131986 picture.

- Linking directly to sound files fromrepparttar 131987 official Simpsons site. You could legally, however, link torepparttar 131988 HTML pages onrepparttar 131989 Simpsons site which containrepparttar 131990 WAV files.

- Linking directly to video clips fromrepparttar 131991 official Star Trek site. Again, you could link torepparttar 131992 pages containingrepparttar 131993 video clips.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LINKING Linking to pages within a web site besidesrepparttar 131994 entrance page is still being tested in court. To date it is considered acceptable practice - however,repparttar 131995 results of several recent court cases seem to indicate this is changing to "it's okay unless specifically excluded byrepparttar 131996 web site". My personal opinion is to link to HTML pages to your hearts content, but to never link directly to graphics, sound files, videos and other media.

One ofrepparttar 131997 critical issues with fair use isrepparttar 131998 definition itself. Many years ago a supreme court justice defined pornography simply as "I know it when I see it", and fair use is governed by a similar concept.

Another important consideration about fair use isrepparttar 131999 copyright owner does not need to be and should not be asked for permission. Why? Because fair use is one ofrepparttar 132000 most important pieces ofrepparttar 132001 copyright law puzzle. It allows students to write papers, critics to criticize, authors to quote and researchers to research. By asking permission you are not invoking fair use and in fact you are, in a small way, weakeningrepparttar 132002 law. You do haverepparttar 132003 right to make fair use of any work that exists (well, withrepparttar 132004 exception of classified government documents and things covered under trade secrets laws and non-disclosure agreements).

If you are an author you have a right to your copyrights, and you also have a right to use other's works fairly. Laws are funny things, they are just words unless they are actively and constantly used, tested and upheld. Rights are even more important - if you don't use them you lose them.

Of course (and this does not violate my point above about not asking), you always haverepparttar 132005 option of writing torepparttar 132006 copyright owner and directly asking for permission to use their works. You should do this if, in your own mind, you get some doubt about if you are usingrepparttar 132007 works fairly. More simply, when you find yourself doing more than including a few brief phrases, lines or a paragraph, then by all means ask.

The standard I like to use is simple. If I am using other's words to help illustrate or reinforce a point that I am making, then it's fair use. If, onrepparttar 132008 other hand, I am using other's words to makerepparttar 132009 point itself, well, then perhaps I need to ask permission. Illustration or reinforcement does not generally require many words - making a point often does.

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