8 Excuses for Not Getting Copyright Permission
We have all heard excuses for not obtaining copyright permission prior to using a copyright-protected work. We may even have uttered some of the excuses set out below. Do you have a favorite excuse or one not mentioned below? Please share it by adding a comment at the end of this post.
I found it online.
- Not all online content is in the public domain. Always assume that online content is protected by copyright.
I was in a hurry.
- Nothing in copyright law allows use without permission just because the consumer/user is in a hurry and must get a document to print or to include content in slides.
My boss told me to copy it.
- If your boss didn’t provide you with a written warranty that s/he will be liable if you get caught infringing, this may be the time to stand up to your boss.
I’ll never get caught.
- So you know you should be obtaining permission. Everyone thinks they will never get caught…until they do.
It’s for education.
- Not all uses for educational purposes fall within an exception in copyright law.
It’s for internal use.
- Whether you are using content internally or publicly, you still need to obtain permission from the copyright owner.
It has a Creative Commons license.
- A CC license does not mean free; the content is subject to the terms and conditions in the CC license – read the license and see what’s allowed.
I emailed, called, faxed and snail mailed the copyright owner but never received a reply.
- This does not exonerate you from copyright liability. Unless the copyright owner provides permission, you may not legally use the content.