Protect yourself – Learn About Copyright Infringement

September 6, 2014

We all know not to take someone else’s work and claim it as our own. But by sharing images and words (especially via social media) you may have stolen something without even knowing it. Unfortunately, ignorance is not a plea. Read on about the myths and truths about copyrights.

Myth No. 1: Anyone can use anything they find on the internet

Truth: “Folks run into problems when they do more than just link to something online,” Koustenis says. “When you directly copy or display the actual copyrighted material—in whole or part—even if you also provide a link to the original content, you’re likely engaging in copyright infringement.”

Myth No. 2: You don’t see a copyright notice, so it’s free game

Truth: By law, whoever creates it is protected by copyright law. The work doesn’t have to be published to be protected under this law.

Myth No. 3: Words don’t count

Truth: “When it comes to written expression, copyright infringement is determined by a measure of substantial similarity.” Meaning if the original and the new are very similar (including rearranging words or changing just a couple of words), you could be found guilty of infringement.

Myth No. 4: You can’t get in trouble if you didn’t know you couldn’t use said information

Truth: Infringement is stealing and the content creator can sue you. Some penalties – website can be shut down, incur a huge bill from a law suit – thousands of dollars.

You can read more into these myths and truths on Amex Express Open forum.

(source Kandis Koustenis, intellectual property attorney via American Express Open forum.)

I feel like I may need to proof all of the stuff I’ve shared now. What are your thoughts? Will you be more diligent to make sure you don’t find yourself in court?

2 commnets on “Protect yourself – Learn About Copyright Infringement

  1. June Nies says:

    Hi Nicole, I have a question for you. What about simply clicking the share button of a copyrighted photo on facebook. Is that in danger of being wrong?

  2. Nicole says:

    Hi June, Typically if there’s a share button, it’s okay to share it. You just can’t claim it as yours.

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