Blogs are well-known for routinely violating common copyright laws.
Not only is it, well, illegal, but it also presents some major branding and reputation issues, as well.
Savvy readers, for one, can identify when a blog is using copyrighted information without permission.
And it doesn’t bode well for your reputation! If you want to be recognized as a true professional in your field, then you need to give credit where credit is due. Let’s not forget about the ethical factor too, here. Freelancing is a community and we’re all in this together. Do your comrades a favor and give them credit for their hard work. I’m sure you would want them to do the same for you.
That being said, whether blogging is your business, or just a small piece of the bigger puzzle, it’s important that you do it right. Copyright infringement is no joke, so you don’t want to take any chances. You don’t have to be an attorney to understand copyright law and your blog, but it is essential that you do your homework to appreciate the basics. This will keep you out of hot water with the law and protect your quality reputation.
For starters, make sure you’re not making any of these 5 common copyright mistakes in your blog. And if you are, now’s the time to fix them!
Mistake #1 – You ignore the law in the first place!
First of all, most bloggers completely ignore the law altogether. Continue reading