7 Online Copyright Myths

Written by Judith Kallos

Possunt quia posse videntur ~ (Latin: They can because they think they can.)

One ofrepparttar most misunderstood issues online has to do with copyright. Both with e-mail and Web site copyright issues. For some reason, as with many things online, there is this incorrect perception that anything goes. However, many are finding outrepparttar 131631 hard way that when it comes to protecting creative collateral, copyright is law. And, copyright laws can and are being enforced online.

No, I am not an attorney. Nor do I play one on T.V. But I can help you avoid potential problems based on guiding clients for over a decade. Hopefully, this effort will help others from finding outrepparttar 131632 hard way that copyright is alive and well online.

1) “I can right click, save anything online and use it how I wish.”

This is a perfect example of just because you can doesn't mean you do! Those graphics or files were created by someone out there. They legally attainedrepparttar 131633 copyright upon that file’s creation. Without their specific permission to use that file or graphic, you have no right to just take it and use it as you please. Always ask a site owner before you illegally swipe anything off their site.

2) “As long as I noterepparttar 131634 author’s name, I can use their site’s content on my site.”

Although you are being nice and giving credit where credit is due, you still need to askrepparttar 131635 author’s permission to post their work on your site. The author may not want their information posted anywhere off their own site or they many not approve of your site as a venue for their information ­ that is their choice to make not yours. Always ask a site owner if you can use their content before you put it on your site.

3) “I can link to graphics on other sites so that they display on my site.”

O.K., maybe you didn't actually downloadrepparttar 131636 graphic and put it on your server, but if you are displaying someone else’s work on your site without their permissionrepparttar 131637 bottom line is stillrepparttar 131638 same. And, you are using their server’s resources to display something on your site. Shame on you!

4) “I can display pages from other’s Web sites within frames on my site.”

Many site owners prohibit their site pages from being framed within another site because it givesrepparttar 131639 impression thatrepparttar 131640 other site createdrepparttar 131641 information. Many times folks innocently do this so they don’t have to send site visitors off their site for information they want to provide. Others do so to precisely giverepparttar 131642 impression it is content they created. A better option is to link torepparttar 131643 information you like and create a new window to open when doing so to ensure your site is still available to your site visitors.

5) “If I only quote a portion of other site’s content and link to them I do not need their permission.”

Again, it would behoove you to have permission to do so. Using only portions allows you to possibly giverepparttar 131644 wrong impression aboutrepparttar 131645 author’s overall content and this can be misleading at best. If you want to quote any written work in whole or part you need to ask permission to do so.

Wiki Walks In - take note

Written by John Calder

© 2004, John Calder http://www.TheEzine.net

Are blogs soon to be passé? Probably not - but there may soon be a new kid in town. Blogs, by their nature, revolve aroundrepparttar blogger. This is great for marketing purposes. It's a way for your customers to get to know you, and therefore to help build relationships with them. In particular,repparttar 131628 reader comments capability that most blog software offers help your readers, customers, and prospects interact with you personally. Now,repparttar 131629 wiki is on its way in as yet another alternative for marketers.

A wiki is server-based software that lets a group of people editrepparttar 131630 wiki pages as a team. Think of forum software combined with blog software - that's a bit like a wiki, but wikis are much more group-centric than a blog, and much more flexible than forum software. Each member, with proper login access, can contribute torepparttar 131631 web pages withinrepparttar 131632 wiki's control. This means they can add, update and delete content. Oftenrepparttar 131633 marketer will act as a moderator to approve wiki changes, but wiki users have much greater leeway in making web page changes than almost any other online tool.

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