Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Review: A Copyright Quiz—Do You Know Your Rights? (Part One)


Lately, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about copyright issues. Specifically, what is legal to use on a blog, website or in a book. 
Today, instead of giving you all the facts, I thought we’d have some fun and take a little quiz. 


And to sweeten the pot, I’m offering a copy of the Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012. Everyone who leaves a comment BEFORE 5pm EST Saturday, March 24, will be entered in a drawing for the book.
And don’t worry, I WILL post the answers next week, in a follow-up post.
COPYRIGHT QUIZ—HOW FAMILIAR ARE YOU WITH THE LAW?
True or False:
  1. I can legally post any picture on my blog if I link back to the place I got it.
  2. I can legally use a song’s title in a post, article or book.
  3. I can legally use someone’s blog post as long as I give them credit and don’t change anything.
  4. I can legally use music or a song as background for an original video as long as I credit the source.
  5. I can legally post YouTube videos on my blog or website.
  6. If I don’t make money off of it, it’s legal for me to use.
  7. I can legally quote a small percentage of the words to a song in a post, article or book.
  8. If I don’t have a copyright symbol on my work it’s not covered by copyright law.
  9. I can legally download photos from Facebook to use on my own site.
  10. I can legally pin anything to one of my Pinterest Boards.
  11. I can legally post a picture of a book cover I recommend or an reviewing.
  12. Copyright on written works expires 70 years after it was first published.

And...
Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

Be sure to read the answers in the follow-up posts: 
Copyright 101 for Bloggers, Part One
Copyright 101 for Bloggers, Part Two

26 comments:

  1. This is such a timely topic especially to those new to blogging. It is wrong to assume that you can repost anything to your blog without linking back or giving credit, but I need a brush up on what is right and what is not. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I'll be interested to see the answers.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your insight here. I'm interested in learning more about this topic and look forward to the answers.

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  5. Great topic. I'm looking forward to reading the answers (and hopefully, winning the book!)

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  6. Great discussion and I can't wait to read your answers. I'm a lot more careful lately since one of the web designers I write for was charged $750 for using a photo without permission/payment. No second chances, no negotiation on the fee - her client received the letter in the mail and he passed it along to her since she manages his blog. That evening, I took all photos off my blog unless I was the photographer, had permission from the photographer, or bought them from iStock. Plus, I write an inspirational blog so I want to set an example of doing the right thing as far as what I post. Till then, I hadn't thought much about it. Thanks you!

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  7. Eek, I'm not sure about most of these!! I've been operating under the ask for forgiveness, not permission... Can't wait to see the answers!

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  8. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see the answers. So much to learn!

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  9. This is so interesting and important in this day of fast communication. I'm sure I don't know many of the correct answers but will be interested in seeing your post next week. EB

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  10. Wow! Great post/quiz. I'd hope that as long as the author is given credit and/or source listed, it's okay to share but the lawyers probably disagree.... Looking forward to your reveal.

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  11. You have perfect timing as I've been wondering about some of these things lately myself. I always credit the original source, but I'm not sure that's enough. I'll be very interested to hear the answers.

    And if I won the Writer's Market guide, it'd wouldn't be awful. :)

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  12. This is killing me! I'm dying to answer everyone's questions right now. But don't worry, I'm taking notes and the post will go up on Tuesday.
    Blessings All, E

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  13. I'm not very good at legaleeze, but I sure would like the Christian Writer's Market Guide, so here goes. I think it is ok to use videos and photos on my blog as long as I give credit where credit is due AND as long as there was nothing stated about needing permission or purchase. I sure hope I'm right because I post a music video twice a week on my blog...aurgghhh :)

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  14. I'm looking forward to the answers. I think I know, but on a few I'm not sure. I wonder sometimes how reliable the free photo sites are.

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  15. Well, I certainly want to be above reproach, so I appreciate you compiling what will be a very helpful guide. Thanks Edie!

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  16. I just started my blog two weeks ago and I've been wondering about some of these questions. Can 't wait to see the answers. Thanks for helping your fellow writers. Blessings!

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  17. I was actually just looking for answers to these questions today, so your quiz came at a good time. I look forward to seeing the answers.

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  18. This is a much-needed topic. Thanks for bringing these questions and answers to the forefront. Can't wait to see next week's post!

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  19. I know the answers to some of these, others I'm not sure. And with some I'd never thought about. I always learn a lot from your blog. Just wish I didn't have to wait five days to find out the answers.

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  20. I really appreciate all the comments you've made! Several of you have mentioned how hard it is to wait on the answers. I planned it this way because I wanted to give more folks a chance to enter the drawing.

    The chance to win the book by commenting will end at 5pm EST on Saturday. You'll still be able to comment after that, but it won't enter you into the drawing.

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  21. I'm like Cathy...fairly new to blogging so I NEED to educate myself on these issues. So far, all written material and photos have been my own, so no worries there. We all appreciate you, Edie!

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  22. Edie,
    Like so many above, I think I know most of the answers, but now not so sure. Thank you for being a good source to keep us out of un-necessary trouble.
    Bless you!

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  23. When confronted with the quiz, I think I know the answers to most of these. But I don't follow them all. Good wake-up call. It will be interesting to see the answers.

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  24. I think I know most of these answers, but I'm looking forward to hearing from one of my mentors to see if I'm right. Love you!

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  25. I use all my own photos on my blog, because I do not know which rights I have! This is a great service you are providing Edie...THANK YOU!

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  26. Great quiz questions, Edie! I've learned over the past couple of years that there is a lot more to copyright law than one would think! Can't wait to see your answers. And of course I'd love to win the book!

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