About That Swiped Photograph...
If it’s not our photograph, and we don’t have permission, we can’t grab it and put it on another website.
Let’s take these one by one.
Copyright is legal protection given to the creator of an original work, like the person who takes the time to go out and carefully craft a good photo of a tombstone. Copyright law gives the photographer the exclusive right to say what copies can be made of that photo and what can be done with them for a very long time — the life of the photographer plus 70 years. For anyone else to use a copy of that photo, we need the photographer’s permission.
We can’t simply crop out the copyright statement and use the image anyway. That sort of action proves we knew there was a copyright and deliberately disregarded it — and that opens us up to what’s called statutory damages: a legal penalty of up to $150,000 under the federal copyright statute.