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Do you know your obligations with Copyright and Creative Commons?


I have been prompted to look into copyright laws and what is possible to use in posts.

There are several websites that help with information about what as a private person allowed to use. I am listing the sites so those that wish to go look may do so, but I did find it interesting reading.

Australian Copyright Council

U.S Copyright Office

An Article on Fair use

Another idea sprang up a few years ago that permits private use of copyrighted material. This is known as Creative Commons. The government sites that relate to CC registration are:

Creative Commons Australia

Creative Commons International Site

With the rise of social media networking, there is much to learn about the viral spread of works of media so that everyone is able to learn and also to retain the integrity of the original production.

If you consider that even taking a piece of information from a website that was produced by someone else, even for your own personal use without permission of the publisher, then that is an infringement of copyright. Even taking the article and storing it somewhere else for personal use is an offence.
The acts also state that rectification is not enough; the act of reproducing the idea/photo/video/website content is in it’s own right an offence.

I feel it has become an issue that we as a community need to become more aware of how Copyright and Creative Commons can be put to affective use within our community.  Even the days of putting on the VCR/DVD/HD recorder and recording a show off the television have some limits. There are however benefits for integrity by using channels like YouTube, Flickr and other sharing sites who monitor what content is placed on their servers.


There is an element called “Fair Use” which describes the use of photos or logos to explain and associate an idea to their brand.
I have used these two logos in that manner.

I suggest that you read through the links’ pages so as to understand the integrity of what we all are becoming more involved with through use of Social Media.

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