What is Copyright?
"Copyright law creates incentives for people to invest their time, talent and other resources in creating new material – particularly cultural and educational material, which benefits society" (Australian Copyright Council).
Copyright is just a legal way to protect your creations. If your create and publish products on DBT and TpT, take comfort knowing that this creates a digital stamp or date of publication that can be used to determine the original creator if a dispute should arise. From the time you first write down or record your work, it is protected by Copyright. In Australia, you do not need to apply for Copyright, and you do not need to publish your work, put a copyright notice on it or any other form of copyright insignia - once you have created the item, it is protected - however placing the copyright notice, which consists of the copyright symbol ©, followed by the name of the copyright owner and the year of first publication reminds individuals that the work may be protected and who is claiming copyright and is the presumed copyright owner. If you are doing a sound recording, such as a song or video or something you've created, use the letter “P” (for phonogram) in a circle or in brackets is used instead of the “C” in a circle. You can put the copyright notice on your own work as there is no formal procedure.
PLEASE BE AWARE: If there is more than one person involved in the creating of an item, it is best to put down in writing who will own the copyright to the product.
Here is a General Introduction to Copyright Laws in Australia (most countries will have similar government-run websites and information).
Also be aware that you should not use, copy, re-sell or post anything from other online sellers without their explicit permission as everyone is covered by the Copyright Laws. If someone else has created a product, don't reinvent the wheel. Not only will your item be unoriginal, your integrity will be questionable and your style and uniqueness compromised.
For more information on these topics, check out the following posts:
The 3am Teacher: How to build a product for Teachers Pay Teachers
Download this FREE Top 5-Copyright-Questions for TpT Teachers/Authors file.
This refers to ANYTHING (clip-art, photos, fonts etc.) you use in any of your products that generate an income (digitial products, scrapbooking, digital or e-books etc.).
When considering purchasing items for commercial use, please consider the following:
- If an additional fee is required if you wish to use the item in a commercial sense.
- If the seller has an additional fee if you plan to sell a certain number of items.
- Items cannot be used for SmartBoard activities/resources.
- May NOT be used in FREE resources.
- Items may not be used in blog posts.
- Not purchasing items from buyers who are selling copyrighted and trademarked images.
- Acknowledgement or Credit when using items for commercial and personal use.
- Items must not be re-sold, distributed or altered.
- Images MUST be secured and/or flattened for personal and commercial use.
Personal Use items refer to clipart, fonts etc that you create for yourself and your personal classroom use ONLY. You do not intend to sell any of the items to make an income.
You can not use Personal Use clip-art, fonts, borders etc. in free resources, shares files etc. The items you create should be used by you, and you alone. By all means, provide those who compliment your items with the links to where they can download it but do not be tempted to share the items. This could be breaching the owners TOU.
AND REMEMBER, if you do decide to start selling your items, be sure to go back to the sellers page and purchase a Commercial Use license.
|My Acknowledgements/Credits page|
While some creators create a standard credits page that includes links to every artist they have ever used I tend to only add the logo's of the creators I've used in that particular product - it's a personal choice on which way you want to go.
Don't forget to check back for tomorrow's post about how to securely save items as a pdf.
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