I did a presentation today at Northern Voice in the “bootcamp” stream called Borrowed Content: What’s OK, What’s Not. The session was intended to cover the basics of copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons for bloggers. I didn’t really know how advanced the audience would be, so I decided to keep things simple. I didn’t talk about Bill C-61 at all, instead pointing people to Michael Geist’s blog. I tried to cover the very basics, and had two key takeaways:
- When in doubt, just ask!
- Remember the Golden Rule
Basically, if you don’t know whether or not you have permission to use a piece of content, ask the person or organization who owns the rights to it. Chances are pretty good that they’ll say yes. The golden rule is of course to treat others the way you’d want to be treated – give attribution, link where possible, and say thank you.
Here are the resources I mentioned during the talk:
- Electronic Frontier Foundation – Legal Guide for Bloggers
- Creative Commons
- Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center
- Digital Copyright Canada
- Michael Geist’s Blog
Thanks to everyone who came to the talk and to the folks to contributed with questions/comments/suggestions!