I don’t know if this post is really really obvious or not at all obvious. Maybe not at all obvious, from the sheer quantity of copyrighted images, music, books and video flying around the web in places where the copyright owner has not authorised them to be.
I’m leaving entirely aside the morality of, say, ripping film off DVD and putting it on Youtube, or using a pirated copy of your music as a background for your own home movie. I’m not arguing on morality: we are in a position where the law is trying to catch up with technology and this inevitably creates odd and irritating situations.
I have many times had to explain to business owners that no, we can’t just take copies of photos off other people’s websites and use them on their commercial website, and that doing this affects other people’s livelihood – and is a risk. Many people just do not realise that by using other people’s content, or linking to illegal material they are running a risk and potentially exposing their families to risk too. Continue reading