Readers, we have always appreciated your help with providing us photos of people, places and events (you know we were not at) to put in the paper.

Now, we need your help with that in a different way.

Across the country, there is a growing trend of photo infringement claims against newspapers. That means the owner, or producer, of a photo did not give the newspaper the right to publish the picture.

We still want to use those photos, but we are working with some guidelines to make sure no one will be questioned over us using the picture.

We are working on a photo submission page on our website. The address will be

The website will be used for pictures from news sources and readers. For the picture to be uploaded, someone must agree to the terms explained in the release form. The form will provide some protection against infringement claims. The process will also archive images in a searchable database which will help if the picture is questioned in the future.

We are going through our website archive and pictures that don’t meet the criteria will be deleted.

Here’s what we don’t want. A performer or speaker will be in town and we were given a picture of the person in advance. The picture was taken from the Internet to be used for publicity but without permission from the person who created the picture.

Some photography studios understand their pictures can be used in the newspaper, as long as the studio gets the credit. Websites like Google, Wikipedia and social media sites are not the same.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

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