Social Media’s Unintentional Effect on Intellectual Property; or “Bitches Be Stealin’ Shit”

Last year a business group I belong to talked about copyright rules and I took down everything that was in violation. Copy right rules are impossible to understand and too expensive for the average person to comply. I re-share posts on Facebook all the time I know at least part of them have not been paid for but you don’t know which ones. With social media there are really no boundaries. Yes you can get in trouble with certain pictures. But most people don’t even think about that.

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Social media has been a boon for aspiring writers. What better way to get yourself marketed than by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest? Unfortunately, since anyone can use social media, there are many people that are not sophisticated about a little thing called intellectual property.

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “A Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of ‘original works of authorship’ including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phone records of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly.”

But why am I telling you this?

Well, it seems there are a vast number of Facebook sites…

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