Networked content, who owns what you publish?

Every day millions of people position themselves in their social networks and share, publish, consult or forward a large amount of information and content from different sources. In some cases these contents are created by the same person who publishes them, however, the vast majority only share publications that come from other people. Who has the rights to these contents, are we breaking any law by forwarding? Is it necessary to quote the original authors of the shared content? Although almost all of us make use of social networks and other areas of the Internet on a daily basis, there are few who really know their obligations as users and their rights over self-created content.

  • Intellectual property: this right protects all creations arising from the intellect. Ideas, artistic works, inventions, practically everything a person creates can be protected under this regulation.

    Within the intellectual property are included different categories such as industrial property and copyright.

  • Copyright: this is related to creations of an artistic nature. Whether it is a musical, literary or plastic work, copyright protects the creator by granting him/her privileges over his/her creation.
  • Industrial property: this area includes all creations of a non-artistic nature such as brands, products, industrial designs or patents.
The Internet and copyright New forms of communication always bring with them new challenges for existing legislation and regulations. In this specific case, we can see how the Internet clearly favours the dissemination of content with great speed and little control over the source. This is a breeding ground for copyright infringement and, therefore, requires a review of the laws and formulas for protecting the rights of an author on his or her work.

The quality of a blog or a network account is largely based on the originality of its content. If you use third-party resources, it is essential to cite the author, link to the source and, if possible, mention the author so that he or she is aware of the use of his or her content. This procedure is valid for texts, images, audiovisual content and any other third-party creation that may serve as inspiration for our social networks. We must always bear in mind that our responsibility as users also lies in respecting the ideas of others and the work of other authors.

By quoting the sources or even thanking other users for their inspiration, we will achieve a network of content creators that can have a positive impact on the traffic of our website or social networks.

Ellie Cote
Ellie Cote

Devoted twitter geek. Total web aficionado. Lifelong zombieaholic. Incurable social media geek. Hipster-friendly web fan.

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