Copyright Notice

All the text and pictures on these Web pages (any page with an address that begins with "") are copyright 1994-2007 BillRobertson.

Here are the terms of my blanket license...

Non-commercial Web use of photos

If you have a personal home page or non-commercial Web service, please feel free to use my photographs as long as you inlcude hyperlinked credit. Acceptable HTML is
photographs courtesy <a href="">Bill Robertson</a>
That way people know who took the picture and also can find my on-line copyright statement. You do not need to pay for usage. Just build the best Web site you can and give it back to the community.

Commercial Web use of photos

If you would like to use my pictures on a commercial page, then please do the following:
  1. register the URL with me (sending email is fine)
  2. add the hyperlinked credit as above
You do not need to pay for usage, either, though I reserve the right to deny usage on sites that I find to be truly poisonous.

Yes, it would cost you $250 to $1000 to buy an image from a stock agency (and then you'd have to pay a graphic artist $100 to scan and PhotoShop it for the Web). Yes, it cost me years out in the field photographing, lots of money in film, processing, and scanning, and probably 1000 hours or more building my Web site (from which I derive no revenue). Yes, what you think of as a nice snapshot probably took me 2 hours and 3 rolls of film to nail. Even with my new digital camera, I still spend many long (and often cold) hours out in all kinds of weather to get these shots. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

If you feel that my photography enhances your site, then please make a tax-exempt, charitable donation to The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (CCFA).


If you see one of my pictures in a magazine or a Web page and there is no credit, then it is almost surely unauthorized. If you are the first person to tell me about it, I'll send you a free print for your wall.

Use of photos and Web pages in print

If you are doing a story, book, or CD-ROM about the World Wide Web, please feel free to include a page or two of mine under the following conditions:
  1. screen captures must be made from a computer with a 24-bit color video board. (Machines with 8-bit cards produce distorted images and colors.)
  2. the URL must be legible in the capture or separately printed in a caption
  3. a small credit must be printed reading "Web page courtesy Bill Robertson (" or "Photos courtesy Bill Robertson ("
  4. send me email informing me of the usage and/or Snail Mail a copy of the finished item to Bill Robertson, Boston University UIS, 881 Commonwealth Ave 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02215.
If you simply want to use my photographs to illustrate an article that is not about my Web pages, e.g., you just want an elk photo to go with a story on elk, then that is commercial usage, you are not covered by any of these blanket licenses, and you should send me email with a proposal. An exception to this is free publications put out by non-commercial organizations; you guys can use whatever you want with credit as above, but please do me th ecourtesy of letting me know about it.