Copyright 101: If You Didn’t Create It, It’s Not Yours to Use

Copyright protects original text, music, photos and other images so creators can be credited and compensated. Publishing others’ content without their approval is against the law, so remember: If you didn’t make it, you probably don’t own it.

Copyright best practices include:

  • Do not copy images, music or text without permission from the content author.
  • When given permission to use others’ content, keep records of the granted approval.
  • Taking your own photographs and writing your own text will ensure copyright isn’t violated.
  • If you commission a photographer, ensure that your agreement permits all contemplated uses.


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