Navigating the Rough Waters of Online Theft

Online content theft is rampant, which is why it's important to know some of the ins and outs of digital copyright infringement. Whoa, boy. It happened: Someone ripped you off. Stole your stuff lock, stock and barrel. Maybe they even had the audacity to tweak it a bit, hoping you wouldn’t recognize it.But you found out, and now you’re mad. And for good reason: It’s yours, and you should be fierce about defending what you create.

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What You Need to Know Before Sharing Photos and Videos Online

You might be sharing stolen content on Facebook and other online outlets without even knowing it. Here's how to spot stolen content and then share stuff without stealing it. As of late, Facebook has become the go-to destination for copyright infringement when it comes to videos and images. All you have to do is check your timeline, and you’ll see account after account sharing copies of videos uploaded directly to Facebook, created by using software to screen capture the original YouTube or Vimeo-hosted videos.

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Sharing Without Stealing: A Simple Guide to Online Copyrights

Internet content isn't all free, and not everything is yours for the taking just because you found it online. Get the legal facts about 5 common copyright myths. Stealing is just plain lazy. And when you steal someone else’s content, you’re telling the world you’re above the law. You're saying that a picture you found online of a sofa drawn by an illustrator is of less value than the sofa in your very own living room—the sofa you paid for and would be downright angry about should you come home and find it missing.

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