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Protect Your Photos Videos Blogs & Online Content and Avoid Copyright Infringement | Copyright Law 101
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Whether you’re an artist, author, photographer, or anyone else who creates works of arts to support yourself, you will need to protect your creative work in the form of copyright protection.

Developing creative works represents an important investment of time, effort, and other valuable resources. Taking steps to secure your work is an important aspect of protecting your investment.

By the end of this course, you’ll be well-equipped to use copyright protection for your benefit and to avoid serious legal issues with copyright infringement

Everything you need to know about copyright is in this course so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.


What is Copyright?

Intellectual property rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind. The purpose of intellectual property rights is to promote the progress of artists by giving creators exclusive rights to their works.

As you can imagine, if you created something and everybody had the right to use it without paying you, not very many people would go through the trouble of creating anything!

Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. Copyright also allows you to legally protect your creative work.

Copyright protects any kind of creative work, including photos, videos, blogs, books, articles, songs, plays, sculptures, sound recordings, and other creative works. When you create any of these, you own the copyright to it.

Copyright to these creative works are your rights and your rights alone. Unless you willingly give permission for anyone to do any of these, no one can violate them legally.

In general, it’s illegal for anyone use or copy your work without your permission, but there are some exceptions and limitation to Copyright — Fair Use and Public Domain — both which we will cover in detail in this course.

Typically, content creators, authors, artists, photographers, and other creative professionals need copyright protection for their work.


► WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Internet is fast becoming a sanctuary of copyright abuse. 

The idea of freedom of information and the ease of posting, copying and distributing messages online has created a false impression that text and graphic posted online are except from copyright protection. However, this is not true.

Copyright law was established not to give the author the right to deny his or her work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. 

Copyright is a delicate balance between the rights of the creator and the public’s interest.

When it comes to photos, images, and content, when in doubt, assume it’s subject to copyright and don’t use it without the appropriate permission.

There are many free resources for images and videos, whether public domain, licensed creative commons or inexpensive stock images, that you can find as a resource in this course so you really shouldn’t need to use copyright-protected works for your blog, website, or video.

My goal in this course is to help you better understand how to use images, videos, text, and other content in a way that is both legal and respectful of the author’s ownership rights. 

Fair Use may be an exception allowing you to use copyrighted content, but chances are you’ll find your content taken down by your host if the copyright holder disagrees.


BONUS CONTENT & TOOLS ★

  • How to Use Content That Isn't Yours - quick but comprehensive summary of what you should do if you want to use any image, video, or content that isn't yours. Don't use anyone else's content until you've reviewed this!
  • Resources of Images You Can Use Without Legal Trouble- it’s common practice to snag photos off Google Images, but just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right. In the course you will find a great source of websites you can use to find pictures without worrying about copyright infringement.
  • Resources of Videos You Can Use Without Legal Trouble - You are free to embed any video from YouTube and other video platform on your blog or website as long as it gives you the embed option. That being said, you can’t necessarily use parts from videos on YouTube to make mashups or as part of another video. Be sure to have permission to use any video that you are cutting, making changes to, or adding to a project.


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What are the requirements?

  • Students don’t need anything — just an interest in learning how to protect your work

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Register a copyright for your web content, video, blog, book, song, painting, photograph, and any other creative work
  • Understand what copyright is and its important benefits
  • Learn the difference between Copyright vs. Trademark vs. Patent
  • Discover how you can use copyright protection to your advantage
  • Learn the 3 most important rules of copyright you need to know as a creative artist or entrepreneur
  • Discover who owns your work if you’re an employee and you work for someone else — and how to get around this
  • Prevent copyright infringement by understanding when copyright infringement occurs
  • Fight against piracy of your web content, course, book, video, blog, and other online and offline content
  • Understand what you need to do if you get caught for copyright infringement
  • Defend against copyright infringement using the Fair Use Doctrine
  • Discover how to use public domain as a free resource to your advantage
  • Understand what international copyright is and how to protect your copyright around the world
  • Understand the benefits that copyright law and intellectual property law offers you and your business
  • Become a more knowledgeable and more well-equipped entrepreneur
  • Save $500 dollars for hiring an intellectual property lawyer for information you can get here
  • Save time and money by registering your copyright yourself

What is the target audience?

  • Creative artists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Online business owners
  • Small business owners
  • Startups
  • Anyone with a website, blog, podcast, or online business
  • Those who are looking to save time and money. Your time is valuable. That’s why I don’t fill up our course with useless jargon. You only get the necessary information you need to protect your work.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
02:48

Whether you are artist, author, photographer, or anyone else who creates works of arts to support yourself, you will need help protecting your creative rights. Developing creative works represents an important investment of time, effort, and other valuable resources. Taking steps to secure your work is an important aspect of protecting your investment.

By the end of this course, you’ll be well-equipped to use copyright protection for your benefit and to avoid serious legal issues with copyright infringement. Everything you need to know about copyright is in this course so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.

Intellectual Property rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind. The purpose of intellectual property rights is to promote the progress of artists by giving creators exclusive rights to their works. As you can imagine, if you created something and everybody had the right to use it without paying you, not very many people would go through the trouble of creating anything.

Copyright allows you to legally protect your creative work. Copyright protects original works including pictures, blogs, articles, books, plays, songs, photographs, sculptures, choreography, architectural works, sound recordings, motion pictures, and other creative works.

01:26

How to make the most of this copyright course.

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Legal disclaimer. Please review before continuing.

Section 2: Everything You Need to Know About Copyright
04:31

Students will learn what copyright is, what exclusive rights the owner of the copyright owner has, what copyright law doesn’t cover, and how long copyright lasts.

Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. That means generally, any time you create something, you own it.

As the owner of a copyright, you have the exclusive rights to

  1. Make copies of the work,
  2. Make derivatives or revisions (which means modifying work to produce new work),
  3. Distribute or publish the work,
  4. Perform the work in public, or
  5. Display the work in public.

Copyright does NOT cover:

  • Ideas
  • Concepts
  • Facts
  • Techniques

The length of copyright protection depends on when you created on it. A copyright typically lasts the author’s lifetime, plus an additional 70 years. The term cannot be extended or renewed.

02:16

I compiled a list of 3 short but important rules of copyright you need to know. If you learn and understand the following 3 rules, you’ll know more than 99% of the general population about copyright law.

It’s troubling that while copyright is important to protect the hard work of others, it can also limit creativity and freedom that art offers. There’s definitely a need for newer laws that are made around the open and free-sharing nature of the internet.

00:59

The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U.S. law, although it is recommended. This requirement was eliminated in 1989. If you want to use a copyright notice, you’re free to do so. In fact, the use of a copyright notice is recommended because it reminds the public that the work is protected by copyright.

You should place a copyright notice on each of your web pages and other published materials.

03:39

As an intellectual property lawyer, I always get asked what's the difference between copyright vs. Trademark vs. Patent. In this lecture, I will clearly explain the difference between each three so you can learn how you can use any of them to protect your self, your work, and your business.

At a fundamental level, Copyright protects your original creative works such as books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, and web content. Authors, artists, and other creative professionals typically seek copyright protection.

On the other hand, Trademark protects the names, symbols or slogans for products or services that you sell. In other words, a trademark lets the consumer tell the difference between one company's product or service from another's. Business and product owners typically seek trademark protection.

And lastly, Patent protects your inventions and designs. There’s two kinds of patent protection — utility patent and design patent. Utility patent protects your inventions with a new or improved function, such as machines, processes, or chemical compositions. On the other hand, design patent protects any new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture that does not affect the article's function. Inventors and designers typically need patent protection.

01:54

There is no such thing as an "international" copyright that automatically protects a work throughout the world.

However, the most widely-adopted copyright treaty, the Berne Convention, states that once a work is protected in one of the Convention member countries, it is protected by copyright in all of them. As of 2016, 156 countries, including the U.S., belong to the Berne Convention.

The Berne Convention further says that the scope and limitations of any copyright are based on the laws of the country where the misuse of the copyright-protected work takes place.

03:12

So if you’re an employee and you work for someone else, who owns the work you create?

Generally, the person who creates a work is considered the copyright owner.

However, there is an exception to the general rule that is called the "work made for hire" which means that if a work is made by an employee, then the employer, and not the employee, is considered the copyright owner of the work.

If there is no signed written agreement, then the work isn’t for hire, and you start out with all the rights. If there is a written agreement, it should be entered into before you create the work.

Section 3: Copyright Infringement & How to Avoid Infringing on Someone Else's Copyright
01:01

Ensuring that your work is copyrighted is essential. But what happens when your copyright is breached?

Copyright infringement happens when someone copies or uses a work without the copyright owner's permission. Infringement is the same as stealing physical property.

00:59

So what happens if you’re caught for copyright infringement?

In this case, a good offense is your best defense. Check your websites and blogs for any potentially offending material. If you find anything that could potentially infringe someone else’s copyright, just remove it.

If you’re infringing on copyright, the law requires copyright holders to give you an official notification. If you do receive a notification that you’ve infringed someone else’s copyright, you should take these serious and act quickly to remove what they want you to remove.

That typically should be the end of a copyright infringement case in most cases.

01:31

By reproducing, republishing or redistributing the work of a copyright holder without permission, you may be violating or infringing on the original copyright owner’s rights.

If the copyright holder has registered the work with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to the infringement, the copyright holder can sue for compensation. Court-ordered compensation can include damages such as lost profits from the infringing activity or legal damages from $250 to $150,000, plus attorney's fees, for each infringing copy. Keep in mind that even higher damages can be awarded if the court feels that the infringement was committed "willfully."

In summary, copyright infringement can be a serious issue, especially if you’ve done it willfully. So if you ever face a copyright infringement notice, make sure to remove the content right away and if it’s serious, talk to an intellectual property lawyer who will help you with your case.

Section 4: Protect Your Work by Registering Your Copyright
Article

In a nutshell, any original image, writing, or recording in a fixed medium (written down or saved as a file) is protected by copyright law.

So if you take a photo with your camera, you have the rights to that photo immediately. Similarly, when you hit save on a Word doc, you have a copyright to that content.

The only notable exceptions are when you create something for work (your employer would own it), or when you use something that already has copyright protection as the basis for your work.

So if you want to use someone else’s content, you should ensure that you... read more inside...

01:50

So do you need to register your copyright?

The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. In fact —you’re not required to register your work for copyright. What you need to know is that copyright is secured automatically when the work is fixed in a tangible form — such as the first time it’s written or recorded.

What this means is that as soon as you create a work in a tangible way — for example, writing it down or creating it in a physical way — then you automatically have copyright to it. No other action is required to secure copyright protection.

Although copyright automatically applies to any creative work you produce, you can strengthen your legal copyright protection by registering works with the U.S. Copyright Office. Doing so establishes an official record of your copyright, and it gives you the ability to sue for infringement if anyone steals your work. In other ways, you have to have a registered copyright in order to file an infringement lawsuit in court.

Section 5: Defense to Copyright Infringement -- Fair Use
03:03

Fair Use is a defense against a claim of Copyright infringement and it lays out situations in which you do not need to get a copyright owner’s permission to use their material. Fair use means you can use existing, copyright content in new ways that provide value beyond the original.

What’s important to know about Fair Use is that Fair use is based on fairness and it’s decided on a case-by-case basis. So that means there’s no bright line rule and that each case falls on its own facts. In fact, the Supreme Court has made it clear that all factors must be considered in any given case.

Fair Use does not allow you to steal other people’s work. Rather, the purpose of Fair use is to promote creativity and to allow people to make more original creations.

Material from a copyrighted material can be used without the permission of the copyright owner if the new material is just a component, an ingredient, or an element of a new original creative work as a whole. Instead the new work must be a new creation.

We’ve covered the basis of the Fair Use doctrine, so you can be more aware of when you may be able to use copyrighted material without the copyright owner’s permission.

However, it’s always better and more safe to attempt to get permission from the original copyright owner as this will show good faith on your part to prevent copyright infringement.

01:56

The public domain is all works that are either no longer protected by copyright or never were.

All materials created since 1989, except those created by the U.S. federal government, are presumptively protected by copyright. Also, you must also consider other forms of legal protection such as trademark or patent protection before reusing third-party content.

Public domain materials generally fall into one of four categories:

  1. Generic information such as facts, numbers and ideas.
  2. Works whose copyrights have lapsed over time or whose copyright holders have failed to renew a registration .
  3. Works published before March 1989 that failed to include a proper notice of copyright.
  4. Works created by the U.S. federal government.
  5. In rare instances, works may also be donated to the public domain.

In summary, you can use any of these works in the public domain without worrying about copyright infringement. For the most part, you just have to know that facts, numbers, and ideas are considered part of public domain and copyright protection does not apply to them -- so you can use them as you please.

Section 6: Resources of Images and Videos You Can Use Without Legal Trouble
Article

We know that it’s common practice to snag photos off Google Images, but just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right. Whether you are posting images to your blog, Facebook, or any other social media platform, you need to be certain that you are allowed to use that photo or you are infringing on someone’s copyright.

Public domain images are a great source for free photos. There are still a couple rules you should follow when it comes to public domain. Most of the rules are common sense. Don’t use the images for illegal activities, identifiable people cannot be show in a negative manner, and don’t suggest product or service endorsements by the people or organizations in the photos.

Here is a list of websites that have free images. Many of these sites have images in the public domain, but some of the images do have license agreements. Make sure you understand the restrictions on each image before you publish them.

Article

You are free to embed any video from YouTube, Vimeo, WatchKnowLearn, and video platform on your blog or website as long as it gives you the embed option.

That being said, you can’t necessarily use parts from videos on YouTube or other sources to make mashups or as part of another video. Be sure to have permission to use any video that you are cutting, making changes to, or adding to a project.

Section 7: Course Wrap-up
03:56

Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. That means generally, any time you create something, you own it. Copyright protects any kind of creative work, including photos, videos, songs, and literary works. When you create any of these, you own the copyright to it.

These are your rights and your rights alone. Unless you willingly give permission for anyone to do any of these, no one can violate them legally. Keep in mind that ideas and concepts are not protected by copyright law.

In general, it’s illegal for anyone use or copy your work without your permission, but there are some exceptions and limitation to your rights — Fair Use and public domain works — both which we covered in detail.

When it comes to photos, images, and content, when in doubt, assume it’s subject to copyright and don’t use it without the appropriate permission.

Fair use may be an exception allowing you to use copyrighted content, but chances are you’ll be in for a discussion or possibly find your content taken down by your host if the copyright holder disagrees. Unfortunately, there are no clear bright-line rules when it comes to fair use and using content on the internet. As we discussed, the Internet is still very much in its infancy when it comes to applying fair use.

There are many resources for free images and videos, whether public domain, licensed creative commons or inexpensive stock images, so you really shouldn’t need to use copyright-protected works for your blog, website, or video. But if you really have to have that image, ask first.

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Whether you’re an artist, author, photographer, or anyone else who creates works of arts to support yourself, you will need to protect your creative work in the form of copyright protection.

Developing creative works represents an important investment of time, effort, and other valuable resources. Taking steps to secure your work is an important aspect of protecting your investment.

By the end of this course, you’ll be well-equipped to use copyright protection for your benefit and to avoid serious legal issues with copyright infringement. Everything you need to know about copyright is in this course so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.


What are Intellectual Property Rights? Intellectual property rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind. The purpose of intellectual property rights is to promote the progress of artists by giving creators exclusive rights to their works. As you can imagine, if you created something and everybody had the right to use it without paying you, not very many people would go through the trouble of creating anything.


What is Copyright? Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. Copyright also allows you to legally protect your creative work.

Copyright protects any kind of creative work, including images, videos, blogs, books, articles, songs, plays, sculptures, sound recordings, and other creative works. When you create any of these, you own the copyright to it.

Copyright to these creative works are your rights and your rights alone. Unless you willingly give permission for anyone to do any of these, no one can violate them legally.

In general, it’s illegal for anyone use or copy your work without your permission, but there are some exceptions and limitation to Copyright — Fair Use and Public Domain — both which we will cover in detail in this course.

Typically, authors, artists, choreographers, architects, and other creative professionals need copyright protection for their work.


► WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Internet is fast becoming a sanctuary of copyright abuse. The idea of freedom of information and the ease of posting, copying and distributing messages online has created a false impression that text and graphic posted online are except from copyright protection. However, this is not true.

Copyright law was established not to give the author the right to deny his or her work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. Copyright is a delicate balance between the rights of the creator and the public’s interest.

When it comes to photos, images, and content, when in doubt, assume it’s subject to copyright and don’t use it without the appropriate permission.

There are many free resources for images and videos, whether public domain, licensed creative commons or inexpensive stock images, that you can find as a resource in this course so you really shouldn’t need to use copyright-protected works for your blog, website, or video.

My goal in this course is to help you better understand how to use images, videos, text, and other content in a way that is both legal and respectful of the author’s ownership rights. Fair Use may be an exception allowing you to use copyrighted content, but chances are you’ll find your content taken down by your host if the copyright holder disagrees.


BONUS CONTENT

  • How to Use Content That Isn't Yours - quick but comprehensive summary of what you should do if you want to use any image, video, or content that isn't yours. Don't use anyone else's content until you've reviewed this!
  • Resources of Images You Can Use Without Legal Trouble - it’s common practice to snag photos off Google Images, but just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right. Whether you are posting images to your blog, Facebook, or any other social media platform, you need to be certain that you are allowed to use that photo or you are infringing on someone’s copyright.
  • Resources of Videos You Can Use Without Legal Trouble - You are free to embed any video from YouTube and other video platform on your blog or website as long as it gives you the embed option. That being said, you can’t necessarily use parts from videos on YouTube to make mashups or as part of another video. Be sure to have permission to use any video that you are cutting, making changes to, or adding to a project.


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I’m a business lawyer in Los Angeles who represents entrepreneurs, creative artists, and business owners with businesses.

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