Bloggers are expected to be able to sort facts from fiction, so if you are a newcomer to blogging becoming familiar with copyright law is part of the territory. Copyright, Limitations of Fair Use and Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation are critically important matters for new bloggers to comprehend so put that education the top of your to do list.
Copyright Myths abound including these:
- If there is no visible copyright symbol or copyright notice the material is free to use.
- Permission isn’t required, republish with or without attribution.
- Google is a great place to get free images for your site.
Copyrightable works include but are not limited to literary works such as articles, blog posts, stories, journals, or computer programs, pictures and graphics, as well as audio and video recordings. Note that recipes are not included.
5 Types of Infringement Made Commonplace by the Web – Clearly, the Internet has drastically changed the types of infringement that we see. Technology changes everything, including copyright, and it’s continuing to do so.
The same rules that apply to the world of print also apply in cyberspace. Whether or not the creator of any original digital work has posted a copyright notice on their site or the work itself is irrelevant. They hold the copyright to their works and it cannot be re-published unless or until their permission has been given. The only time a complete post can be legally re-published is when prior written permission has been received.
Attribution is not permission. Merely giving attribution does not mean you may proceed without possible copyright infringement liability. If you cannot obtain permission and cannot definitively conclude your use is a fair use, I recommend that you do not use the third-party content.
The related posts listed below address:
- How to add a copyright notice to your blog;
- How to prevent prevent content theft
- How to detect duplicate content;
- What to do about copyright infringement.
Copyright and Public Domain
Copyright basics for bloggers
How to copyright your digital works
Content theft: The come and get it solution
Splog Off! Dealing with content theft
SplogSpot: Dealing with content thieves
Copyright: Fair Use Limitations
What is copyright?