Do You Have an International Copyright Issue?

What is an International Copyright Issue?

So many copyright issues that appear as national copyright issues are international copyright issues as well. Understanding your own country’s copyright laws is most important but understanding how copyright treaties and international copyright law works is also essential when publishing content or using content online. Next time you publish or use content, think about some of the situations in this post and whether you need to analyze your situation as a global copyright issue.

International copyright issues

When Does a Global Copyright Issue Arise?

A global copyright issue arises in a variety of situations. You have to think globally if any of the following apply to you:

  • An employee accesses your licensed databases while traveling out of the country
  • You are negotiating a digital license with a vendor/publisher/content owner who is based outside your own country
  • Librarians from more than one country (for e.g., South Africa, Australia, Canada and the U.S.) join a journal club and share articles through the club (a journal club involves posting articles to a private online space)
  • Two colleagues contribute research papers from authors from several countries which they share via Sharepoint
  • You post a photograph on your Facebook page
  • Your organization has locations or employees in more than one country
  • You are teaching an online course with students from more than one country
  • You are posting content on a website or intranet that will be accessed outside your own country
  • You are using content from outside your own country
  • You are determining whether fair use or fair dealing may be a defense to the use of online content
These are just some of the many situations that involve a global copyright issue. Start thinking about your online publishing ventures as well as content that you use online and when it may involve thinking about copyright protection and copyright compliance outside of your own country.
Read more about international copyright law in our post, Copyright 101
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