Copyright on Social Media


What is Copyright

Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of literary, artistic, musical, dramatic, & cinematographic works by the government. Copyright gives the owner of a work the exclusive right to make copies of that work. The copyright owner is usually the person who created the work. The copyright law does not require a work to be registered in order to be protected. If portions of your channel or videos use copyrighted work without permission from the copyright holder, this could be copyright infringement.

Creative Commons and Copyright

Creative Commons materials are copyrighted by the author but can be used by anyone as long as they comply with the terms of the license. Before using any material under the Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial license, you must determine whether the copyright holder has imposed any restrictions on the use of that material. The most common copyright license is the attribution requirement. Which asks the user to give credit to the copyright owner in the document. It may be used for personal, nonprofit, or educational purposes only.

Acknowledging Creators

To use user-generated content or content that is not covered by a copyright exception or licensed under Creative Commons, you must seek permission from the user. Whenever you use a copyrighted work, you should make sure to acknowledge the copyright owner.

Historical Images

Historical photos can be used generally without restriction. As they fall into the category of photos that are in the public domain. Before using an image, check to see if it is copyrighted.

Memes and GIFs

As a popular form of content, memes, GIFs and pop culture make excellent social media content. We can use them to make an issue more relatable or worthy of sharing. For copyright reasons, you will need the approval of your legal team before you begin using memes and GIFs on your channel.

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