Copyright Infringement and Social Networking Websites

Copyright Infringement and Social Networking Websites

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media websites each having millions and millions of users. Since so many people are using these platforms, many have forgot copyright laws still exist.

There are people out there who have copyright protected work that believe their work is not safe due to social networking. Others, want to copyright their work to go after big business who are making money off of their work. Work can be copyright protected in an easy, simple, affordable way on

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So why can social media sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr get away with it? Websites such as Pinterest aim to promote businesses meaning it is basically free advertising for many. Overall, Pinterest is doing more good than harm. However, there have been lawsuits because in the big picture, copyright infringement is still taking place.

Pinterest, for example, gets around most copyright issues in two ways;

1. The Safe Harbor Provision under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Under that part of the law, a business like Pinterest will not be liable if its users put copyrighted materials online on its site if it:
(a) tells them not to
(b) has a system for taking copyrighted materials down right away if
the copyright owner complains.

2. In its terms of use, it provides that: “You … are solely responsible for … Content you post to Pinterest.” Also, users have to “agree not to post User Content that: … infringes any third party’s Intellectual Property Rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other personal or proprietary rights.” (Intellectual property rights include copyright.).

This means, Pinterest is saying, if you get sued then you, as an individual, will have to take responsibility. Considering there are millions of Pinterest users who “repin” each day, each user will not be sued for infringement. However, it’s important to be careful especially if you as a user are using Pinterest to promote your business (or make money).

The same applies for Facebook and Twitter; if it’s copyright protected, by law, you can not use it.

Photo via mkhmarketing on flickr

This entry was posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm and is filed under Copyright, Uncategorized.

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