The importance of understanding and respecting copyrights
Copyright infringement refers to using an individual’s copyrighted material without permission.
In fact, copyright.gov explains 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.”
What works have copyrights?
The list of copyrighted works is extensive. It includes but is not limited to:
- Computer software
- Artistic works
Why keeping thorough records can protect you against accusations of copyright infringement
When building websites, developers often purchase stock images to use. Photographers license their images for use and different types of licenses may apply. In addition, with WordPress sites, third party plugins and website themes are licensed products that developers use. Copyrighted software comes with stipulations for the license purchased.
It’s important to know that someone accusing you of copyright infringement may demand to see the license number of the product you purchased. By keeping detailed records, you can refer to the license number. Records can help dispel accusations of copyright infringement.
However, at times the issue can be quite complicated. For example, one of our web designers purchased Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software that came with licenses. Because a local college was selling the products, you would assume the licenses were valid. Five years later, Adobe made the products non-functional, explaining that the products were sold under false licenses by a third party. The third party had infringed on their copyright. Of course, our web designer had no idea and was also a victim of the scam. Furthermore, Adobe did not hold other individuals, also victimized, accountable.
Copyright infringement can also occur with photos obtained for free. Photographers later obtain copyrights and licenses the photos. Maintaining records of purchases, with dated receipts, copies of the license and details of how you acquired the images can be vital in clearing up a copyright misunderstanding.
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