Blog With Passion But Don’t Forget The Copyright Laws
When I started my blog, a friend told me to do so with passion. It took me a second but I realized that she was telling me to put my heart into my work. I believe that blogging is a “learn as you grow” experience and so far the lessons have been enjoyable. There are many great works out here and so much information to learn and share. I appreciate all the tips, tricks and resources available and I’m sure that many feel the same as I do.
In the February edition of iBlog Magazine, there’s an article by Laurie Marshall, Esquire, titled “Copyright Law For Bloggers1. It provides some useful information for bloggers on how to stay within the confines of copyright law. I wanted to share this information so I reached out to Ms. Marshall and asked for her permission to discuss and list details provided in her article in my next blog post. I was honored that she responded so quickly and with a “yes.”
The best place to start is by defining “copyright.” Although most of us know we need to do it, sometimes a clear definition makes things easier to follow.
What is a copyright? A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United Stated to the creators of “original works.”
- Copyrights include literary work such as blogs.
- A blog post is considered copyrighted work, even if is has not been publicly shared.
- If you wrote it, you own it; neither registration nor copyright symbol is necessary, however the copyright symbol informs the public that work is protected, identifies the owner and shows the year of first publication.
What is a “Creative Commons License?”
One of several public copyrighted licenses that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. It’s used when authors want to give people the right to share, use and build upon a work they’ve created, such as an image.
- Blog smart, Beware of free image sites unless that site specifically states the creative commons license.
Know your place! Outside of my own original and creative work, what material am I free to use in my blog?
- Anything that is considered fair use.
- Expired works in the Public Domain
- Facts – You can report facts in another’s web page
- Ideas – Copyright protects the expression of an idea, but not the idea itself.
- Anything used under a Creative Commons license Links to a URL – These are not afforded copyright protection.
- Your own photos, images or stock images
To learn more about Atty Marshall’s tips on copyright law for bloggers, register for your free copy of iBlog Magazine . Laurie Marshall is a trademark attorney with over 20 years in business. Visit her at website at tmthespot.com .