One important thing to remember when you own a business is how you can protect yourself from a copyright claim. This tends to be overlooked by a lot of people, but one little mistake can turn into a terrible nightmare, so you want to make sure you do all you can to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Owning something that is copyright, gives the creator the right to perform their work however they wish to, modify, and distribute it. They can sell it to whoever they want, license it to others, and then of course sue people who infringe on the copyright.
If you are unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, you may need the aide of Pinder Reaux & Associates, who can legally help you against any claims that have been made to you. But as long as you’re careful, you won’t have to go down that route.
There are three main ways that you can easily get into trouble with the copyright law, so properly understanding what they are will give you less chance of this happening.
Music, Videos, Photos, and Art.
If you see something that you like and want to use it on your website, or may want the image to put on your new business cards – don’t just take it. Sure, it’s so simple to download, why wouldn’t you just use it? But the photographer can then sue you for using what is rightfully theirs. If you really want to use it, contact the photographer directly and ask if you are allowed to. The same goes for videos, music, and art. Although you will need to pay close attention as a number of parties may own the copyright, as a pose to one individual.
Usually though, as long as you agree to credit the work to them, they will have no issue with you using it. (It’s publicity.)
Just ask first, or only search for work that is clearly ‘labelled for reuse.’
Blogs and Articles.
It’s very easy to be browsing online for blog or article ideas, only to find one that would be perfect for your own site. You love how it’s been put together, the content is great, and it suits your style. The date on it is from years ago, so surely no one will even notice right?
So you end up copying the content onto your own website and sticking your name on it.
Now, although you may not have had any malicious intentions, you have just plagiarised the author’s work and violated their copyright. You’re allowed to take ideas from what they have done, but you must make sure you rewrite everything into your own words – that means no copy and paste!
Codes, scripts and any other programming that goes into building a website are typically all protected by copyright law.
You may end up stumbling onto a site that has a stunning layout, and you want to use their design elements for yours. To stay clear of getting sued – use them as inspiration, not something that you can take from. You can, by all means, view the files and get a better understanding of how the developer put them together, but don’t copy any of their codes.