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Did you know that if you are right-clicking and saving images to your hard-drive, you are probably violating copyright rules?

If you want to insert an image belonging to someone else in your content, you need to link to their image source on the internet, not to the version on your hard-drive (or your server). You are also likely violation copyright rules if you edit someone else’s image by adding your logo on it, a link to your website, or anything else that could give the false impression that you created the image. Facebook is flooded with improperly inserted images. If you stand for integrity, don’t do this. Let the authors and creators retain the credit for the works that they produce.

In some cases, sharing other people’s work is ok. Creative Commons (aka CC) provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.” Have a look at this video for an explanation of what Creative Commons is and how to properly use it.

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An explanation of Creative Commons using work licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

Video Credits:
Director: Jesse Dylan
Producers: Michelle Meier and Priscilla Cohen
Editor: Justin Giugno
Cinematographer: Francis Kenny

Happiness is Sharing your Content!

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CIO, Contenta Web Services - Louise Lalonde-Morin is an innovative and creative Web Projects Manager with 20+ years of experience developing web business solutions for small and medium-size organizations. Louise delivers the right mix of Business, Content, and Design.

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