Copyright WARNING - This Applies to Re-Blogs Too

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Copyright WARNING - This Applies to Re-Blogs Too

 

If you remember Lenn Harley, you'll remember her steadfast determination to keep us on our toes when it comes to copyrighting. If someone else took the photo or created the graphic you MUST have WRITTEN permission to utilize it. PERIOD. No ifs ands or buts! Seriously, there are NO exceptions to this rule and that includes re-bloggers!

 

A few examples would be - 

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  • Photos & Graphics - Did you obtain written permission to use ANYTHING that you right-clicked and saved to your computer? If you did, you must also POST that in your blog - that you obtained permission AND you must give credit to the website owner or Pinterest Board owner from which you found the graphic or photo AND that you have written permission.

  • Keeping Current Matters (KCM) - Often misused - give credit to our friends there when you utilize their material. This applies to any & all other paid-writing service as well.

  • Infographics - the exact same thing - be sure you give credit if you didn't create them yourself.

 

*NOTE: You can 'give credit' but, without written permission to use the photo, graphic, infographic OR content, it is STILL copyright infringement. Your, "credit to" means absolutely nothing without actually having permission.

 

It is fine for members to give credit from which the images come but, don't forget that even the written portion of the post, if copied, must be credited to the original author. This also needs to be noted when asked when you are posting the article/photo/graphic, etc. on ActiveRain. Selecting that you have permission when you do not is a breach in our ToS and you can be asked to leave the community as a result of 'lying' (and, yes, that's what it is) when you say that you have permission to use someone elses content.

 

Video embeds are absolutely fine to use - the original authors have to allow users to embed directly on the sites. Should they decide they don't want others using their videos, they simply have to turn off the permission and the video will no longer be live on anyone's site who used the embed code. 

 

That said, be 100% sure that if you're re-blogging a members' post, you know that the contents are original. Otherwise, you could also be liable should the owner of the graphic, photo or written contents sue for copyright infringement. So, be careful out there folks!

 

Read ActiveRain's Terms of Service here or here.

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Copyright WARNING - This Applies to Re-Blogs Too

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Absolutely, Mike Bjork! We have a marketing team and they have a separate file for every single graphic, showing expressed, written permission to use that graphic and for what reason, etc. Copyright is not to be taken lightly!

Jan 07, 2020 02:14 PM #75
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I have used lots of clients photos, but always asked and received permission before I do. I'm always amazed when I see people passing off canned material as their own.  I know they pay for it and can  use it, but like you say.... credit where it's due should be given.

Jan 07, 2020 10:03 PM #76
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And, that's exactly how it's done, Tammy! If only...

Hope you're doing well. Looking forward to catching up - SOON! 

Tammy Lankford, 

Jan 07, 2020 10:18 PM #77
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Yes, that theory doesn't apply to those who go after graphic/online theives, does it, Sham Reddy CRS? I think that it has become so rampant that those who have experienced someone stealing their content in the past, they go for blood - and I can't say that I blame them!

Jan 08, 2020 06:48 AM #78
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debe,
The reblog issue is an interesting point I hadn't considered. Does that mean we should stop reblogging to be safe?

Jan 08, 2020 07:36 AM #79
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Lyn Sims
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Did we have a bunch of things happen? I still remember what Len beat into our heads. Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 08, 2020 08:22 AM #80
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Erik Hiss
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Thanks for the reminder!

Jan 08, 2020 10:34 AM #81
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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I'm always a bit taken aback by those that share here and across the internet/social media formats those things that are obviously not their original content, Debe Maxwell, CRS .  You can find the exact same content shared by multiples of people ... yet no acknowledgment provided as to its original author/creator.  Your reminder (and warnings) is greatly needed.  Great post, Sis ...

Gene 

 
Jan 08, 2020 11:58 AM #82
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Thanks for the reminder for us all to keep ourselves safe from ourselves.

Jan 08, 2020 03:42 PM #83
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Great reminder, but what about posts here that have a share button for Facebook? Does that indicate permission? Does it share the complete post with the author's info? What would be the correct way to ask for permission?  Is there a way we can tell if any of our own posts have been "shared"?

Jan 08, 2020 05:37 PM #84
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Hi Carol Williams! Sadly, that is what I recommend, unless you are 100% sure that the content came directly from the author's post you are sharing. I rarely re-blog for this very reason. 

Jan 08, 2020 09:17 PM #85
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Lyn Sims, not a bunch but, a handful of members who still think, after all these years, that it's okay to steal.  

Jan 08, 2020 09:18 PM #86
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You're so welcome Erik Hiss! It's something that is so simple to avoid - yet, for some, they just can't help themselves!

Jan 08, 2020 09:19 PM #87
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I see that too, Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi and I am a member of KCM also but, I give them credit for their material. This offender copied several things from several sites - I think the complaintant even found that they linked back to the original author! (We suppose it was by mistake - who knows how a theif's mind works?!)

Anyway, thank you! I appreciate you Brother Gene!

Jan 08, 2020 09:29 PM #88
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LOL I love your comment, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - help us protect ourselves from ourselves! PERFECT!

Jan 08, 2020 09:30 PM #89
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FB terms of service specify that you relinquish rights of ownership to the images shared, therefore, they are free to share without penalty, Pam Faulkner - at least that is my understanding of their ToS!

Jan 08, 2020 09:32 PM #90
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Came back to hear everything and everyone’s insights. All interesting stuff. Love and light.

Jan 08, 2020 11:23 PM #91
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Thanks, Debe!  How do you know if any of your posts have been used by someone? 

 

Jan 09, 2020 09:02 AM #92
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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A great reminder of what we should all be doing with our posts and re-posts.

Jan 09, 2020 10:48 AM #93
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Thanks for the reminder!  I've always made it my policy to take my own photos and/or give credit.  Best to get permission!  Good for you.  Hope you are doing well!

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