It’s important that many people be familiar with copyright laws. It was that way decades ago, but it’s that way even more now with the Internet. Online copyright laws are now the bulk of what people have to worry about, and that goes for all types of content out there. You can’t just swipe someone’s work, or can you? Of course, you can’t break the law or steal someone’s stuff, but share laws make it a little different than content offline.
When I was younger, I tried to get my book published using snail mail. Since I was going to be providing information about my book before it was published, copyrighting the material came to mind. When it comes to things of that nature, what you do according to the copyright laws is send your material off to the Library of Congress. However, there are other creative ways to get the job done. For example, what I did and felt comfortable with was sending a copy of the book to myself in the mail. That way the package was sealed and dated, proving at what time I wrote the content.
Do you think that would hold up in court? Whether it would or not, it’s not the right way to get the job done. The correct way is still the Library of Congress. Of course, years later when I published stories on Kindle, I had to approach the copyright laws differently. Although, choosing to email a copy of the content to myself would be like using snail mail and sending it to myself. Are the copyright laws that pertain to the online world the ones that have you looking up information?
Tips to Remember
There are many different things to remember. For example, some people think that when they use content online, that giving credit to the person means they didn’t break the copyright laws. It’s the same type of mistake that people make when they think they can use something simply because it doesn’t feature a copyright marking or message. Or, how about the people that aren’t trying to profit from the material, so they think that means they are free to use anything they want.
You do have to think, even when it comes to creative commons. Public domain material is freely accessible, but you’re going to find that you certainly have your limitations. Of course, you can always create your own content or outsource the content. Just make sure you abide by the copyright laws.