Who Owns the Rights?
Have you ever gone to a meeting and had someone take credit for your work? Annoying, isn’t it? Ever have someone steal money from you? I bet you were not amused.
That’s why I want to talk to you about the C word. No, it’s not cookies or creativity or even me Catherine. It’s about respecting copyright.
It has become regular practice for many to publish images or text that aren’t theirs. It is not only illegal (and a personal pet peeve); it makes your training and presentations look unprofessional.
Places like Successories have wonderful inspirational posters and quotes, but I’m pretty much sure when most people use one of their professional images in your PowerPoint that they didn’t ask for permission.
Put your best foot forward for your learners, clients, and staff by remembering a few quick points.
* Just because I can find an image online through a tool like Google Images means the image exists. It doesn’t mean I’m allowed to use it.
* I’ve heard people say, “but this image is royalty-free.” Royalty-free does not mean free. It means someone paid a fee that usually gives him or her the right to use an image over and over.
* A license or usage fee gives someone the right to use text or images. It might be for one medium like a website or an all print materials, etc. Terms vary.
* All rights are reserved means someone owns the copyright. I put those words on all my handouts. Just because I distributed a handout in training doesn’t mean a participant has the right to teach, copy, or distribute my material.
* When you quote someone, use their name. Otherwise it looks as though you’re trying to look like it is yours. When quotations say authors unknown, that could be true or it could be that someone didn’t bother to look.
There are websites that offer free images for free too. Where do you find your images? I’d love to know!