Copyright and your queenanneboleyn.com works (threads, artwork, prose, poems, notes or commentary):
Here at Queenanneboleyn.com we respect the rights of all writers, artists and creative people worldwide. We also expect our members to demonstrate an equal amount of respect, assisting us in creating a positive atmosphere for all queenanneboleyn.com visitors and members. The bottom line is this: Just about anything that is on this site, on the web, on TV, on CD’s, on DVD’s, in books and in magazines is probably copyrighted by someone. Copyright can be a confusing territory for many people. On this page we will attempt to eliminate some of the confusion and counter many of the myths surrounding copyright. Understand that the following information is provided for informational purposes only and is intended to be used as a guide only. This is not legal advice from a lawyer, but rather a guide.
What is copyright infringement?
Copyright infringement occurs when you do certain things with a creative work which someone else produced without first getting the proper permission. Some examples of copyright infringement can include: 1. placing a photograph or creative work online without proper permission; 2. using a creative work commercially; 3. adapting a creative work of one medium to another, such as making a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting; and 4. modifying or editing a creative work without proper permission. (Most time you can easily receive permission by simply asking, or linking back to the original artist, writer or creator.)
How can I avoid infringing on someone’s copyright?
The best way to avoid infringing on the rights of another creative person is to use your skill, talent and imagination to create your own completely original work. You may use historical characters for role play purposes, as they are mostly considered “Creative Commons”. When we use the word ‘original’ we don’t mean that you must come up with an idea which hasn’t been used before, when used in copyright matters “original” means that you created your work without referencing or deliberately copying anyone else’s work during the process, Did you write a story about a character? Is it your own work? The you are good to go!!! Ensure that all parts of your work, both visual and audio, are your own original creations. If you have used materials which are owned by other people or companies make certain that you have obtained proper permission or licensing for the use before you place your work online. Many images can be found under “creative commons” meaning they are free to use as long as the artist, writer, photographer or whomever you obtained the work from is given proper credit and even a link to the original works.
What sort of things are copyrighted?
The easy answer to this question is that just about any creative work you might find should be considered to be copyrighted by default. A work is not required to have a copyright statement printed on it or near it in order to be considered copyrighted, so do not assume that the work is unprotected simply because you cannot see a notice written anywhere. Also do not confuse the fact that a work is publicly available with the idea that it is public domain or free for use. Being easy to find on the internet does not affect a work’s copyrighted status.
In most cases it does not matter how much of the material you have used. Whether it’s a a photo, poem, literature or even audio/video, it’s still considered to be copyrighted, and you still require the owner’s permission for use. Again crediting the artist/creator is always a good idea. It doesn’t matter how you obtained the material, it’s still considered copyrighted and you still need permission. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve credited the proper owner, it’s still considered copyrighted, and you still need permission. It doesn’t matter if you are not selling it or making a profit, it’s still considered copyrighted and you still need permission. It doesn’t matter if you can find other people using things without permission, it’s still considered copyrighted and you still need permission. It doesn’t matter if you’ve edited it a little bit or made a few alterations. (The main Character in a story was names Lisa James, changing the name to Liza Johns is an example), if it’s recognizable it’s still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.
What happens when you submit infringing works to queenanneboleyn.com?
When we become aware that a queenanneboleyn.com submission infringes upon the copyrights of another artist, writer, creative person or company, we must delete it. This is a legal requirement which we fulfill immediately. You will not receive an advanced warning, and you will not be given an opportunity to ‘fix it’. Any copyright owner following the procedures in this Copyright Policy can require queenanneboleyn.com to remove his or her copyrighted content. If you believe that a submission on queenanneboleyn.com infringes upon your copyright, you may either report the submission by contacting a staff member will review and contact you with a resolution. If you believe that one of your submissions was removed in error you may contact us. If you are found to repeatedly post infringing content, your account will be suspended .
“What about “Fair Use” or “Creative Commons”?
“Fair Use” is the notion that some public and private uses of copyrighted works should not require the permission of a copyright owner. These circumstances are very limited. We recommend you talk to your own lawyer if you want to know more about fair use as it applies to the work you are doing. If it turns out that it isn’t fair use, you may be liable for damages. Basically, you should not be afraid to be creative, to be inspired or to use artwork…Most artists would love to see their work displayed, please link back and always credit the artist/creative person(s).
“If you take my work down am I protected from a lawsuit?”
No. Even if queenanneboleyn.com takes an infringing work down, if you put it up on queenanneboleyn.com, you may still be responsible for damages if the copyright owner decides to sue you.
Notification of copyright infringement:
This section contains the formal requirements of the Copyright Act with respect to the rights of copyright owners whose content appears on queenanneboleyn.com without authorization. Under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability. Consult your legal counsel or see Section 512(c)(3) of 17 U.S.C. to clarify or confirm the requirements of the notice.
Under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability. Please contact us.
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