The Cold War Communications section on this website has been created thanks to many contributors sharing their information and photograph with the author. It relies heavily on Maps and National Archives files which are Crown Copyright, but thanks to the terms of the Open Government Licence they may be used in a not for profit context. Certain topics include numerous photographs from British Telecom (BT Heritage) Archives, released under the Creative Commons licence, for non-commercial purposes only.
As author, I am invoking a Creative Commons licence for my work, acting to interpret the technical information for you the reader, this is the regular black text on every page and functional diagrams. Some of the photographs are attributed to me too.
Work that is not mine is shared with consent of its author or photographer under their own licence, allowing me to use it and credit them for their work. Some contributors do not wish for their names to be disclosed, usually as they own valuable equipment and don't want it to be vulnerable to theft. Their work is still used under the terms of the Creative Commons licence. Where text is quoted from other sources, the text is emphasised and coloured.
Can I use parts of your website myself?
Yes, of course you can. The whole purpose of a Creative Commons licence is to allow the work to be shared. That must be for Non Commercial (NC) purposes and it must clearly credit the source - who its by (BY) in this case RINGBELL.CO.UK and allow anyone else to use anything you have added or altered to be Shared Alike (SA)
I have been contacted by many people asking permission to print sections for display in their museum. Although this is not necessary if they comply with the terms of the Creative Commons licence, I would appreciate an email, as well as being courteous, its nice to know that my hard graft is benefiting someone. I can always be contacted via the website menu.
You may use sections of RINGBELL.CO.UK on your own website providing you comply with the licence terms. However may I suggest that you don't, but instead link to this website from your page as often new information is added to a topic which you won't benefit from if a copy has been made. Many years ago, thanks to one contributor the 'Air Raid Siren' page went from one siren photo to over 50 almost overnight, a copier would have missed this.
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