Content creation was at the heart of 2020, and moving into the year 2021, more and more people are bringing out their inner content creators through podcasts, vlogs, YouTube videos, Instagram sponsors, and various TikToks. However, one type of content that has seen a resurgence is your good ol’ blogs; the written medium people are slowly falling in love with all over again. Plus, with the oversaturation of videos and short skits, a bit of reading is a great change of pace.
Are They “That” Strict?
Well, at least for blogs, it depends on the type of content you create and publish. If its only purpose is an online journal log or diary for your eyes only, then there’s not much of a legal bearing that obligates you to go to that extent. However, for anyone that plans to monetize their creative work, which most of us plan to do, then the answer is yes, they will be strict. There have been cases where people sue blogs and file copyright infringement on bloggers that fail to observe proper use of copyright, so it is in your best interest to be vigilant.
When Do I Not Need It?
Understanding Copyright Law
- Protection For Creative Works: Plagiarism is a big thing online, and you can sue people who blatantly copy and paste your content without permission. Although copyright is immediately applied to your work as soon as it’s published online, we still recommend the appropriate use of the copyright symbol to prevent anything unfavorable.
Tip: Stick With Stock Photos And Videos
Now, most bloggers are quick to pull images and clips off the internet and paste them onto their blogposts without second thoughts, but please double-check if these things are free-to-use. Of course, there’s no harm if you’re using your own photos and videos, but if somebody else’s like a professional photographer, then expect it to be taken down. As a good rule of thumb, stick with stock photos and videos because they are free to use commercially and also help advertise the creators.
Don’t Shy Away From Expert Advice
While there’s plenty you can achieve by researching and drafting your own documents, please don’t shy away from expert advice and cross-reference anything legal with a professional. There’s so much an actual copyright lawyer can help you with, and because each of our circumstances is different, they might even spot out needs specific to your niche.