Copyright - Dos and Don'ts
Posted by Victor on 8/29/2011
Copyright issues are becoming more and more frequent. With
technological innovations on the increase it is easier to copy, modify
and share information whether it is text, images, audio or video.
Anyone is free to use
material under public domain and this includes federal government documents,
materials produced before 1923 and those produced before 1977.
something, one can use quotations that are short for criticism, commentary or
news reporting purposes. Only a small portion of the quote should be used and
it should in no way try to replicate the core aspect of the material.
Copyright laws aim to
protect expression of facts and ideas. The facts, verbatim, should not be used however
one can use the facts and ideas, but not the exact usage of words. Some
materials are not protected under the Copyrights Law and these include names,
symbols, contents listing, short phrases, titles, slogans and procedures.
protect a firm from people trying to use its name or logo to deceive
clients. In the case you are attempting
to criticize or analyze a company, you are welcome to use its name or logo for
fair use. The same applies to using a company
name on your website.
Most people assume
that if they credit the author of an article or image, they are not violating
laws, but in fact you can only use copyrighted material only if you have the
absolute permission from the author to do so.
Previously, the Copyright
Law required a copyright code to protect works until 1977. Since the laws have
been changed, every published work automatically receives copyright protection.
Even though making
commercial use of copyrighted material makes it far easier for the author to
claim damages, and although you insist that you were not making commercial use
of the same, you are still breaking the laws since you have not secured
permission from the author.
Do not wrongly assume
that if you take down or delete the copyrighted material you will be cleared.
Not at all, if the author decides to litigate you, he can very well do so.
If a copyright holder
cant be identified, that does not mean that the material can be copied without
securing permission. Even if you had contacted him and sought permission but he
has not replied, you can still be in deep trouble for using his material if he
decides to go to court.
keep these facts in mind while attempting to write about something, when
assimilating facts for an article or pictures to use on your blog. This can go
a long way in helping you to avoid plagiarism and getting sued for copying a