• 4th January 2017

A guide to social media copyright

You own the copyright in your photograph. But…When you upload a photograph to social media – is it still yours? Legally, yes. However, that photo may then be shared… and shared… and shared. Which may result in it being used hundreds of times, in ways that you may not like. When you upload an image to social media, you grant that media form a licence to use your image. With Facebook, you actually grant a licence for them to use your image in any way they see fit. Sharing an image on social media may give people the mistaken […]

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  • 21st December 2016

The minefield of copyright in social media

You infringe someone’s copyright when you: Copy, share, or substantially alter another person’s work without permission.     Have you shared a video of your child’s best attempt to play Three Blind Mice on a recorder to Facebook? You own the copyright.     Have you uploaded a picture of your lovingly homemade pizza to Instagram? You own the copyright.     That postcard that you sent to your Gran from Benidorm in 1996? You own the copyright in whatever you wrote. Anyone who shares an image or video on social media, should therefore ask permission from the owner, […]

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  • 28th November 2016

The Web Designer

“Working as a web designer comes with a significant burden of responsibility. When you sign a contract to develop or update somebody’s business-critical web presence, you’re confronted with a situation where you have enormous potential to abuse or, through irresponsibility, damage that person’s business.” A common issue for many web designers, when it comes to copyright law, has to do with the images they use in their layouts. For some designers, it seems common practice to find the images they need by doing a Google search or taking an unlicensed image from a stock photo library. The problem is […]

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  • 3rd November 2016


C Case law. Previous copyright infringement cases have set precedent and made the law on copyright very clear. Previous cases have shown the Judge to considerably favour the owner of the copyright and awarded them with substantial damages when their work has been taken and used without their permission, and there is evidence of a flagrant breach. O Ownership. Any images we are claiming for are proven to be owned by our clients with a signed Witness Statement acting as evidence of this. Copyright ownership is automatically assigned to an individual as soon as the image is created. P […]

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  • 17th October 2016

Social Media

Facebook   “Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.” When it comes to possible infringement of Intellectual Property Rights in posts made by users of Facebook, the onus is on them and not on the company. Facebook does have a page that talks about copyright in general terms, and is quite clear that it won’t offer you individual legal advice beyond “if you’re not sure, don’t post it on Facebook”, Facebook will […]

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  • 15th October 2016

Copyright For Bloggers

As a blogger, you can be financially liable for copyright infringement if you use an image without purchasing the correct licence or obtaining express permission first. As a blogger, you can be liable even if; You do not financially benefit from your blog You give credit to the owner and direct viewers to their page You edit or crop the image before use You resize the image and display it as a thumbnail only You include a disclaimer in your blog You immediately take the image down when notified of the infringement You upload the image by accident You […]

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  • 9th September 2016

The precedent is set…

There are various examples of cases we could show. Here is just one case where 21 photographs were used by a company without the originator’s permission; Absolute Lofts South West London Limited v Artisan Home Improvements Limited and another [2015] EWHC 2608 (IPEC) Intellectual Property Enterprise Court In this iconic law case; The judge ruled that there had been a blatant breach of copyright as to the use of 21 photographs on the defendant’s website, which had been taken without the photographers consent. The judge confirmed when additional damages could be available to copyright owners, on top of a […]

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  • 26th June 2016

What is Copyright?

The current copyright legislation in the UK is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. This could be a painting, photograph, poem or recording; if you created it, you own it and it’s the copyright law itself that assures that ownership. Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without your permission. You get copyright protection automatically – you don’t have to apply or pay a fee. There isn’t a register of copyright works in the UK. The ownership that copyright law grants comes […]

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