Copyright is starting to become a heated area in small business.
The rise of the Internet has meant that the ability for others to copy your work has eased significantly. Unfortunately, there are some people out there that think that stealing other people’s work and passing it off as their own is fine and morally okay.
It continues to astound us every time how brazen these people are, thinking they have relative anonymity online, and usually will only stop when told by a lawyer to do so. They rely on begging for forgiveness than asking permission.
For a business owner, it strikes at the very core of all your hard work and toil, creating valuable content over a long period of time, only to have it ripped off by someone else.
You do have inherent copyright in your words and works and you have enforceable rights, however it’s very important – especially with social media – to take adequate steps to protect it.
The presumption is: if you create it, you own it. For the reason that copyright automatically applies to written and artistic works from the moment they’re created. This is what is meant when someone tells you that you have “inherent rights in your words”.
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