Social sharing pop quiz time: If you Google search the word “donut,” find a great image, can you then download it, upload it to your site, and use it for your own commercial site?
And another question: Are you able to add any music to the background of your video, even if it’s only meant to entertain your small audience of 200 Facebook followers?
And one more: You find an amazing quote online from an expert interview. Can you share the quote and not credit the publication itself?
Copyright laws used to feel a lot more straightforward. Social media, however, has blurred the lines. Online blogging has too.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for small businesses to accidentally end up violating copyright law without ever even realizing it or intending to do so.
That’s why, in this post, we’re going to take a close look at what’s protected by copyright law and what you can and can’t use as a brand on social media.