Web content copyright law is a rather broad and complex issue but I will try to explain where we stand in the whole ordeal as simple as humanly possible (or at least I will be using English, which is more than what I can say about some of the texts I’ve read on the matter online , what with their terminology and seamless usage of an enigmatic combination between Klingon and something I can only describe as pure and unmitigated nonsense).
Anyway, my point is I’m not going to use fancy terms and hard-to-understand language. I will tell you how I understand the whole situation with copyright law at the moment and why there might be trouble. Keep in mind that this is not a constant state of affairs. There is a perpetual and inexorable evolution and everything is changing rather fast. So without further a due, let’s delve in the matter and see what’s going on.
What is a copyrighted material?
A copyrighted material on the Internet is everything that has been published. Basically, everything on the Internet is copyrighted, which means that you, as its creator, should be the only one benefiting from it any way shape or form and if other people want to use it, they have to give you the credit. Let’s take my text for example right now. Even if I don’t publish it under the copyright symbol, it’s still protected.
I’m its creator and if you want to use it, you can do so but I’m the one who wrote it first so I should be credited as the creator. You can’t just copy my text as your own and you shouldn’t let other do so unless that’s explicitly what you want to do. If your whole idea is to create something that is free to share and roam the web and you don’t want to be credited, then that’s fine, but if that’s not the case you can actually tell people to credit you or get their content down.
Why is this a problem?
If you’re a blogger or run a website, then you’d know why this is a major issue. To most people it seems like creating a text is a simple enough process, but it’s actually far more complex than it looks and it involves spending a lot of time and energy. Let’s give another example to illustrate the problem here. Let’s say you run a blog. You’re a young blogger, you write well and you’re rather creative but blogging is more of a hobby to you than something you make money from. I, however, am a successful blogger and my blog can be found on the first page of Google for a certain keyword.
By sheer coincidence, I see some of your content and like it so (forgetting all about any professional pride or common courtesy) I copy some of your materials and paste them as my own. Since my blog is older and hence more successful (this is not always the case, of course, but let’s say in this case it is for the sake of argument), it would look like I’m the creator of the content and even Google will probably be fooled, making it even more difficult for you to rise, because guess what – you’re the plagiarist, not me! Do you see now why this is serious?
Lucky for you, like I said you are protected because you were the one who posted it first, but since we don’t live in a perfect world, you will actually have to do something about it in order to protect your content. But the good news is you have the right to protect your work.
About Author: Rose Finchley loves to write about Internet and web design. She currently works in the support team of http://www.tidycleaning.co.uk/deep-cleaning-abbey-wood and has a lot of knowledge to share with her readers.