Thursday, February 7, 2013

Now Here's An Idea About Copyright That I Like

My apologies to those of you who are not interested at all in copyright, but...if you do create anything (in my case books and a blog) or if you post anything on the Internet or are thinking of doing either of those things, somewhere along the way you have to ask yourself some serious questions about the ownership of those creations, your own or those of people whose work you admire. That's why, when I post photos on this blog, I use those with Creative Commons licenses (meaning that the creator allows reposting) and why I always link back to the source, the person who actually created the work. It also means that I'm sometimes at a disadvantage because I can't just post anything I find that intrigues me. In fact, I can't post a whole lot of the things that intrigue me because I don't own those things or own the rights to them. As a creator myself, I don't ever want to lift another person's work. But, I'll admit that at times things can get...confusing. That's why I loved this video by John Green of the Vlog Brothers (and the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars). He takes a common sense approach to the sticky problem of international copyright in a world that has become instantly global.


Mary Preston said...

I do know that not too long ago a lot of people were pulling pictures off sites & blogs etc, because copyright laws caught up with them.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Yes, it's very risky, and there have been lawsuits. I sometimes worry that a photographer from Flickr (where I get most of my Creative Commons images) will change the status of their photos (away from Creative Commons) and I won't know about it, making something I posted months ago non-compliant.