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Last week, a lawyer got everyone worried about Pinterest after she decided to delete all of her boards on Pinterest out of fear that she could be sued for copyright violations.So how can you be sure that you won’t get sued?
That’s easy, post your own, original content.
It may not be the fastest or easiest solution, but it’s the best way to ensure that you keep what’s in your safe, safe.
But what if you still want to post someone else’s stuff from time to time?
Actually, you can still do that!
One way could be to comment on what you are uploading.
This doesn’t ensure that you won’t get into trouble though. If you post someone else’s content you could still catch some heat but luckily, there’s the laws set by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).
Bradley S. Shear, a lawyer who practices Social Media and Internet Law as well as Copyright and Trademark Law, explained to us that the DMCA, “provides a mechanism for a copyright holder to protect their online content. Once an author becomes aware that his work is being infringed upon it is up to the copyright holder to notify the Internet Service Provider (ISP)/Online Service Provider (OSP) that contains the material about the alleged infringement.” The OSP must work quickly to remove the copyrighted content although the law does not clearly define how quickly.
In other words, so long as Tumblr and Pinterest have created ways for copyright holders to ask that their work be removed from the site, “the DMCA generally provides the Online Service Provider with a safe harbor from liability” and that keeps you from getting sued.
If “social media websites such as Pinterest, Tumblr, and others follow the law they will continue to thrive and grow,” Shear says.
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