Bloggers have a number of issues to be concerned about when it comes to copyright law, from protecting their own content to legally using the content of others. You can review the copyright slides from the Food Bloggers of Canada conference where Lesley Ellen Harris spoke to food bloggers with tips on how to deal with their specific copyright law issues.
Tips from Lesley Ellen Harris’ presentation for bloggers fall into two categories:
- Staying legal (when using content that does not belong to you)
- Protecting your content (essential if you’re a serious blogger)
It’s important to understand copyright and how it applies to you and your blog.
Tips for Food Bloggers to Stay Legal
1. If the content isn’t yours, don’t use it blindly. (Also, be aware that if you wrote something or took an photo during the course of employment, that content may belong to your employer.)
2. If in doubt, get permission. (Don’t take the risk of using unauthorized content, then dealing with it later.)
3. Read your licenses and understand the terms and conditions of use. (A license is not a transfer of ownership of rights; you need to follow the conditions set out in the license.)
4. Remove illegal images and other content from your blog. (Start by doing an audit of your site of all content that you don’t own. Once you have that list, determine which items have been posted without permission from the copyright owner and remove those items until and unless you obtain permission.)
How Food Bloggers Can Protect Their Own Content
1. Always use a copyright notice.
2. Register your works with the Canadian Copyright Office.
3. Monitor uses of your work.
4. Enforce your rights (but not all the time).
You may also like 10 Myths About Canadian Copyright Law.
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