Copyright Laws are there for a Reason!
Who Cares about Copyright Laws?
If you’ve been illustrating your website with photos and graphics that you’ve grabbed while wandering around the web, in a few instances this may be okay but most of the time you are actually infringing on copyright laws. You are stealing other people’s intellectual property.
You may think you’ll not get into any trouble, but if the owner of that photo does a Google image search one day and sees it posted on your website, be prepared for a stiffly worded email.
What’s all the fuss you may think? Think about it, if you were the person who spent hours laboring over creating awesome graphics and pictures and made a living by doing so, you’d quickly understand.
It is not okay to use other people’s work without asking. The owner cares – a lot!
The other consideration is that you’re being lazy and unoriginal. By acknowledging that you copied a piece of content – a quote from an article, a photo or graphic, whatever – and then mentioning its creator you are being open and honest. Besides, nobody wants to land on your site and see an article they’ve already read somewhere else, illustrated with things they’ve already seen. They won’t come back.
That’s even worse if you really were the originator. You wrote the article. You created the illustrations. Protect yourself and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Google looks for unique and original content on sites and they will reward you for it. The bots can’t understand graphics and photos but if you use duplicate written content, they know, and you won’t get any points at all for using it.
If you hire a writer to do your articles, check them out before you publish by using Copyscape to make sure they’re original. It costs pennies to do. Illustrate that article with any of the millions of pictures and graphics you can pay a small fee for. On some sites all you have to do is add a caption and a small plug for the creator.
In network marketing, what could be better than photographs of YOU using your product – that’s the best advertisement of all.
One way to protect your articles, pictures and graphics is using Digiprove service. You can get the service for free to protect your digital content. I am using their service and you can find the digiprove ownership proof at the end of each of my articles.
Be Honest and Build Trust
If you’re a network or affiliate marketer, you’re up against strong competition. There may be instances where you feel that using someone else’s work would benefit your readers. By telling them exactly where that content came from again you build trust, which is essential for any successful online marketing business.
Make sure you read the owner’s Privacy Policies and Terms of Conditions before taking their work. You want to comply to the digital copyright law to build trust.
I Don’t Care about Copyright
Think again. How about you wrote an awesome report, taking hours of research and then took a few days to create some really killer graphics. Someone steals that content and you don’t know about it, but a visitor goes to the thief’s site first. When she comes to your site, guess what? She’s going to think that YOU stole it!
Create your own, acknowledge who wrote or created content and protect what you create yourself, then you can have complete peace of mind.
If you steal people’s stuff – stop it – or prepare for the consequences.
Have you been the victim of intellectual property theft? Please tell us about it and what you did to remedy the problem.