Astrid Bovell on January 25th, 2013
Last week this article from The Age (18/01/13) caught our eye:
The Copyright Act gives creators rights and while it’s tragic to hear of creators well and truly losing out with their work being used without their permission and without acknowledgement and compensation, it is good to see that some people are fighting for their rights (even thought they shouldn’t have to) and succeeding. It’s also good to see that it’s being reported in the media to help bring about awareness.
There’s already a pandemic online of people posting and re-posting other people’s works without proper attribution or source information, new innovations in Twitter’s technology have the potential to make this issue even more rampant by it’s nature of embedding works in such a way that it’s easy to lose track of where the work originated and difficult to ensure you’re not accidentally infringing copyright.
To stay safe and to respect the creators whose work you admire – if you’re posting and re-posting content – make sure you have the right to distribute or share the work and make sure you attribute the creator and the source of your content.