August 9, 2014
Common misconceptions about Copyright
And since I am seeing so much stuff that people are thinking *hey, I've seen someone else do it, it must be legal* that I'd thought I'd throw out a few. So here you go:
• You are still in violation of copyright, even if you give credit. Writing something like *photo by Sam Sabukowitz* is not the same as getting permission from Sam. If you get permission from Sam, save the email, and write *used with permission*. If Sam forgets that you got permission, show him that document.
• Writing *no copyright infringement intended* does not give you the right to infringe copyright. And I see a lot of this. To me, that's kind'a like a burglar saying, *I didn't mean any harm* as they walk away with what they have stolen.
Of course, there are more misconceptions on Copyright, each one appears to be sillier than the next. And no, I'm not a copyright lawyer (although I know the best one in town). And really, you don't need to know a lot of fine detail about copyright law, unless of course you are stealing, or if you are in a business where you have to protect your copyright. Then you have a lawyer handy.
Here is an amusing video about Copyright from YouTube
Posted by Brad Hall