Iowa Intellectual Property Blog
Be careful what you post on your website!
Dec. 17, 2012 – Janet E. Phipps Burkhead, Iowa Intellectual Property Blog
With the vast amount of information available online it may be tempting to use some of this material, whether a picture, video, design, or written information, to enhance your own website. Many believe that anything posted on the Internet is fair game for use. However, using information from other websites may subject you to a copyright infringement claim if you did not receive permission prior to use.
The creator of an original work is given exclusive rights to prevent the use of a work by others. This protection exists the moment a work is produced in a fixed, tangible form of expression. This includes information found on the Internet. A work does not have to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office to give the creator exclusive rights to the creative work.
To protect against a claim of copyright infringement, here are some tips: