November 17, 2009 – The content you publish on your website is protected by copyright law, which means that if you are posting someone else’s content without their expressed permission, you may be violating that content’s copyright.
The copyrights for any given piece of web content belong to the author. If you are paying someone to write your web content (like We Do Web Content!), your contract should clearly state who owns the copyright to that content. For our company, the copyright belongs to our clients after they have paid for their web content. If however you are posting content from a writer who is not working for you, you will need permission to publish that content on your website.
There are specific stipulations that also affect copyright law including content that exists in the public domain and the terms of fair use. These stipulations cover content that belongs to the public (anything written before 1923) as well as when and how you can use quotes or discuss other copyright protected materials in your content. The best way to ensure that your web content does not violate any copyright laws is to produce 100% original content and make sure to cite any references you have used along the way.
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