Have you ever used an image from a Google search for a presentation or uploaded the image to your Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr account? Have you ever thought about the implications of copyright?

Morton Fraser’s IP experts, Austin Flynn and Same Price, are joined by Gordon White from FatBuzz to discuss the use of images throughout social media networks; what exactly are the implications of ‘good, old fashioned’ copyright in the digital age?

Now that images are very much part of social media, with 240million uploaded to Facebook everyday (that’s 3,000 per second), and are ‘part of the public domain’ who exactly owns what and can you ‘innocently’ use another’s image?

They ask; what is the law surrounding the use of images online? How can you protect yourself and your images? Which license should you use - creative or commercial commons? What are the implications for bloggers? Are T&Cs of these licenses clear enough?

They also discuss that copyright applies to more than just the images you source and share online; it also covers content, videos (YouTube and Vimeo) and music (Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes). And when you do download your music who exactly owns it? As Bruce Willis found out with his iTunes collection it’s not as straightforward as you’d think.

They also stress the importance of being aware of anti-plagiarism software, used by the likes of Getty images, which Gordon tells us ‘can find the smallest of images’ and Sam announces that there is ‘no real defence’ for innocent infringement…

Just when they think they’ve found a solution to copyright infringement by commissioning a photographer or taking the photographs yourself, they find a spanner in the works; who then owns the pictures?  

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