Basic copyright for bloggers is not just about protecting a picture; it is about knowing basic information to keep you and your blog safe.
So lets start with some bare basics!
Copyright for Bloggers
Check out more on the Laws for Bloggers.
What is a copyright?
A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic,
sculptural, 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. Copyright protection does not extend to an idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright. https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/definitions.html.
So what does it actually mean?
For the average blogger, this could mean your posts, your Ecourse, your pictures, and your Ebooks.
You worked on these ideas, you spent your hard earned money and time, so you don’t want some “click bait” blogger wannabe come on your site and take all your awesome ideas with no recourse. That my friends is why we have copyright protections. It is a system to register your “work,” so that others are not allowed to use it. If they do, then they can get into some serious
trouble. This also means that if you take a picture or a blog posts, whether you realize it or not, then you could be in trouble yourself, which no one really wants.
So, with all that said, I would like to give you a couple of examples to help you grasp the idea of copyright.
This is a copyright picture. It comes from a good friend of mine, Kirsten Thompson, who gave me permission to post this picture. This is a beautiful picture, but only someone with permission can use and share this picture. Luckily, I was given permission (for this post), so Kirsten can’t come after me for copyright infringement. She either owns this picture, or she was given permission to use the picture which means if you use it without asking her or the owner, then you could get into some big issues.
https://erinshebish.thinkific.com/collections has a great example of how an author has copyrighted her works. All the courses on her website are copyrighted, so you can’t just buy her course and take it as your own. (You can however buy her course, you just cannot sell them).
Copyright is a matter of owing your working or having the right to sell it. I read something on a blog group where someone commented that a copyright wasn’t necessary because it is a court matter. THIS IS NOT TRUE. A copyright helps protect you from going to court.
Want more information? Check out more: https://www.copyright.gov/
****Hey there sunshine! I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am an attorney, but I am NOT YOUR ATTORNEY. The information above does not put us in an attorney-client privilege contact type setting. Even though you are reading this, it doesn’t not mean that I am giving you legal advice as an attorney.