Copyright is like a suit of armour for your stories, articles and anything that falls under a physical creation that belongs to you. It does not include facts, ideas, or phrases. The copyright symbol is not necessary to include as copyright laws apply to the work automatically.
Copyright infringement is whenever you use something that isn’t yours such as, a picture, without the consent of the creator.
For example: I want to use the following picture in my blog because it is a beautiful flower, my favourite colour and it pertains to my topic.
Photo by: Cait Knight– A beautiful red flower in full bloom.
In order to use the above photo, there is a process in order to do so. You NEED the photographer in this instance, Cait Knight to allow you to use it.
So I contacted Cait on Facebook and asked for permission as shown below:
She said yes and gave me a copy of the original photo. So I get to use a the picture in this blog post to show an example of how to avoid copyright infringement, she gets her photograph out there and I don’t have to worry about getting any trouble for using something that isn’t mine.
This example applies to everything that is covered under copyright not just photographs.
In summary, copyright is about protecting what is yours and gives you the right to do with it what you want. That’s the importance behind it. Copyright infringement is when you steal someone else’s work.
I think it’s only fair, we give people the credit they deserve. There is a lot more to copyright laws and it differs across the world. I suggest before you use someone else’s work that you look into what the laws are surrounding copyright in your area.
Until next time,