What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, graphic and audiovisual creations. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy, but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.
What is copyright infringement?
Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.
Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the removal of your post, blog, and even account termination. If a copyright owner decides to take legal action against you, this may possibly mean that you'd be liable for monetary damages (this is serious—you can get sued!). Below are some guidelines to help you determine whether your blog is legit or whether it infringes someone else's copyright. As a general matter, we at Blogger respect the rights of artists and creators, and hope you will work with us to keep our community a creative, legal and positive experience for everyone, including artists and creators.
How To Make Sure Your Blog Does Not Infringe Someone Else's Copyrights
The way to ensure that your blog doesn't infringe someone else's copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something completely original. If it's all yours, you never have to worry about the copyright—you own it! If you want to republish content from another author or creator, make sure to get their authorization first. For music bloggers, oftentimes there is a lack of communication between the record label, their legal department, and the promoters authorized to share the music. Many times the PR folks at a record label will give permission to the promoters to freely sharely their artist's works, but they don't communicate this to their legal department. Please have your music PR folks communicate better with the record labels that they have cleared certain albums for free and legal use. And last but not least, make sure to follow the other guidelines in our Content Policy.
Learn More About Copyright
- How do I know what is copyrighted?
- What will happen if I upload infringing content?
- How do I file a copyright complaint?
- A great resource for Bloggers from the EFF
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