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The Internet IS NOT the public domain. There are both uncopyrighted and copyrighted materials available on the net. When in doubt, assume that a work is copyrighted. The Green Light Award will not be given to any site unless the following obligations are met to the holder(s) of respective copyrights and trademarks that may be used.



If you use any copyrighted text, photographs or sound that is not of your own creation, then you must have written permission of the creator to use it. This needs to be stated on the site, and in some cases we will ask for proof.


In order for a site to qualify for The Green Light Award you need to state on your site what is copyrighted and by who, and that you have received this permission for use of all of the items that are used.


Railroad Heralds (even for railroads that no longer exist), and the distinguishing symbols of manufacturers of scale/toy trains are all intellectual property of the owners or originating companies. These may be used on your site with the following conditions:

GB The trademark(s) holder is acknowledged.
GB The site under consideration is unofficial, and there is a disclaimer stating that the web site is not affiliated or endorsed by the owner of the trademark(s).

The trademark(s) graphic is displayed correctly, and is in all respects identical to the original in color, background, and shape. If you have modified or distorted any trademark graphic(s) in any fashion, such as color or proportional dimensions, then you will need to show that you have permissions from the holder of the trademark(s). We may ask for proof of permissions granted.

Fair Use Policy

The Green Light Award
AP will consider special circumstances where copyright material is used if most of the following conditions are met:

GB The source for the copyright material is referenced.
GB The copyrighted material is used to enhance the knowledge of the visitor.
GB The copyrighted material is not used for financial gain.
GB The original copyrighted material has been published and is factual.
GB Only a small amount of material is used, this includes, but is not limited to:


Text - excepts from original material no more than 1,000 words in length that are used for review and critical purposes.


Paintings and/or Photographs - not to exceed five in number from one copyright holder and should be no larger than 640 pixels in size (height or width).
No more than 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, from a collection. These should be no larger than 640 pixels in size (height or width).


Music, lyrics, and music video - not to exceed 30 seconds or 10% of the original work (which ever is less).

D. Motion Media - not to exceed 30 seconds or 10% of the original work (which ever is less).
E. Numerical Data Sets - No more than 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.

GB The original material is used in a new and unique way.
GB The new representation of this material should not effect the market value of the original in any aspect, either commercially or in the after market.

DISCLAIMER: While meeting the above conditions will allow your site to be considered for The Green Light Award, it does not mean that such site under consideration is free of any copyright or trademark infringements. It only means that we will consider the site eligible for the award and it will not be automatically disqualified.

We are not lawyers, and if you have questions concerning the use of the content on the web site we urge you to consult an attorney. For additional information about the use of copyright material on the internet go to the Copyright Website.

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