I’m back with Part 3 of the series – Avoiding Copyright Infringement
Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you downloaded a photo from a stock photo website? Or when was the last time you used someone’s photograph without permission? Let me ask you another question: Do you have $20,000.00 lying around or maybe $30,000? Because that’s how much it could cost you for doing any of those things.
**Get this week’s cheat for 3 tips to avoiding copyright infringement.
This week’s guest – Allison Puryear – a clinical therapist in Asheville, North Carolina was going about her business – which happens to be helping other therapist build their business – when she got sued for copyright infringement. At first she thought it was a joke, then later discovered that a photo she downloaded and had been using for two years was copyrighted and the photographer was coming after her.
I know what you’re thinking – she probably just cut and pasted it from google and didn’t give the photographer credit (and I would never do that!). Nope! Wrong. She downloaded the photo from a stock photo website – a free one as best as she could recall. So she basically got sued for something we all do every single day.
In Episode 12, I discuss the benefits of federally registering a copyright for your work (not just using the © copyright symbol). Especially given how inexpensive and accessible it is to do. Furthermore, having a registered copyright makes it much easier to pursue a copyright violator.
But today, I flip the script, and Allison and I discuss steps you can take to protect yourself so that something like this never happens to you. In that vein, today’s cheatsheet is all about how to avoid copyright infringement and some best practices when using other people’s content. I list three steps to take before posting someone else’s content.
In the end, Allison contacted a couple of lawyers to help her through the process and in the end, had to pay this photographer tens of thousands of dollars. (Imagine making that much on one of your photographs!).
But – there’s another twist – Allison had to pay the photographer, but she didn’t
really have to pay – find out how it all ends.
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