It is theft to copy images and texts. If you do, you are likely to be sued. Breach of copyright infringement is relatively easy to prove and claiming not to know the law is never accepted as an excuse in court.
Please understand that everything created by authors, photographers and illustrators (professional and amateur) is covered by the Law of Copyright. This applies to works on paper and those created digitally – work seen on the internet is not free to use. These rights are mostly internationally recognised and last for seventy (70) years after the death of their creator.
If you want to use my images or my descriptions, then you must ask me first. I will then be able to grant you a licence to use my work and tell you if a fee needs to be paid. Just as important, a credit must also be included wherever my work is used. Using my work without a credit allows others to think they can copy it, and leaves you open to being sued.
Please also know that tracing or copying an image, either by hand or using a computer, breaches both actual and moral copyright (Google it) and is in many ways a more damaging and annoying theft, for which greater damages will be sought.
Lastly, information itself is not subject to copyright. It is presented on my website in order to better educate customers and for anyone to enjoy. However, if you do decide to re-use any of my information, even if totally re-written or re-drawn, an acknowledgement to its origins (myself and my website), is the honest and polite thing to do. If you don’t you will make yourself most unwelcome, something I shall not forget – website bloggers, auction houses and magazine editors, please note.