LEGAL ISSUE: COPYRIGHTS
THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN SOCIAL MEDIA AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Social media gives all of us the ability to share content with the click of a mouse. We “like,” “retweet,” and “re-pin” messages and images without batting an eye. Social media platforms give us the ability to easily re-post, save and/or share other people’s content. The ease with which we may do so allows us to forget about the possible legal implications of what you do on social media.
Copyright is a federal law that protects original works of authorship. A work of authorship includes literary, written, dramatic, artistic, musical, and certain other types of work. Once material is copyright, it comes with a host of exclusive rights that allow the owner to do or authorize a number of things including the ability to: (1) reproduce the copyrighted work; (2) display the copyrighted work publicly; (3) prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work; and (4) distribute copies of the copyrighted work for the public by sale, rental or lending, and/or displaying the image.