Understanding The Web And Copyright Laws
In the internet environment sometimes lines get fuzzy as to what copyright is and how it applies. It’s important to understand copyrights both so that you are not violating someone else’s work and so that you protect your own work as well. Lifewire has a great article on ‘Legal Issues Bloggers Must Understand‘ that deals with copyright on the web.Understand #copyright so that you are protecting your work and not violating someone elses. #blogging #wordpress #copyright Click To Tweet
What you should know about Copyright:
Here are some very important facts that you need to know about Copyright.
- Work is protected by copyright as soon as it’s created and is protected for your lifetime plus 70yrs.
- Once a copyright expires it becomes public domain
- An idea cannot be copyrighted only the tangible expression of it
- Copyrighted material can be used under the “fair use” doctrine
- You can quote limited portions of work and can only publish excerpts, not whole articles.
- You must ask the authors permission
- If something looks copyrighted, it is.
- Copyright is violated by using information, not just by charging for it. Remember, just because you aren’t charging for that image you pulled off the web, doesn’t mean you aren’t violating the copyright of it.
Meanings of Copyright Terms
Here are common terms used regarding Copyright and what they mean.
Copy- A simple copy of the original work
Modify- To alter copyrighted work in some manner before using it
Derivative Work- The result of modifying copyrighted work to produce new work
Distribute- the act of giving someone your work under a license
Re-Distribute- The act of distributing work and it’s license after obtaining it under license from the original owner.
Share-alike- Permission to distribute derivative work under the same or a similar license
Credit (Attribution)- the act of identifying the original owner
Copyright notice- A written phrase or symbol informing of copyright ownership
Warranty- a written guarantee included with the license.
More Information On Copyright-
From Washington State University- The Internet & Copyright
Stanford University- Copyright Protection