If you are a blogger, content creator, content marketer or website administrator chances are you are dealing with a lot of content, especially other people’s content.
You may be considering reproducing someone’s awesome content or creating a new format of that content. For example, turning a blog post into an infographic or video.
Do you know what the blog laws and copyright laws are that govern these?
Do you know what is acceptable and what may get you into trouble?
Did you know some copyright infringement issues can get you heavy monitory penalties as much as $150,000 to $250,000 or even force you to shut down your website or blog? In some cases, offenders can even get jail time. Can you now see the seriousness of copyright infringement?
Some Tips to Avoid Copyright Infringement
- Use creative commons images or images within the public domain.
- When in doubt, reach out to the original content creator and ask for permission.
- Copyright infringement is not applicable just to images and infographics; they are applicable to text content as well.
In the online world, it is also just a matter of time before someone copies your content and post as their own with no due credit or link to the original source. You may not know what laws are there that can protect you, enforcing them may be a different issue.
Most digital marketers use email marketing in their marketing campaigns. Did you know it is a mandatory law of CAN-SPAM Act to provide an unsubscribe button and contact information in all your emails?
The topic of blogging law and copyright infringement is for every blogger, content creator and marketer to know and pass on to their followers. So hope you enjoy this infographic as much as I have and learned the lesson that it intends to relay. Make sure we online content providers always play by the book and never come under the hook. Infographic brought to you by Monder Law Group.