In the world of media it is very important to follow the rules. It is easy as one click to post something online; therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising how easy it is to get punished for taking something you don’t own without permission. With the change in law it was very confusing at first what copyright or Big C was and still is. However, the situation changed with an introduction of new user friendly options such as public domain, fair use, and creative commons. When being an owner of a particular work it is very important to be able to decide what you want do with your creation. With Creative Commons you can have ALL rights reserved but you can also give SOME rights to the public. With these being said, the owner most likely will want to make profit if possible, or simply get a credit for his or her creation. Surprisingly, it is free to get CC license and it takes only a few minutes, very user friendly.  Meanwhile, it is still a little bit confusing about public domain. Everything which was produced before January 1 of 1923 belongs to the public domain. In addition, if copyrights have expired, those creation also become public’s property. However, you still can be charged for some movies or pictures in a good quality format. Fair use can only be used for certain purposes such as criticism, new, reporting, teaching, and parody. However, one should be careful when borrowing pieces of creations because your rights in this case are very limited. There is a big misunderstanding concerning fair use. Some users think if they acknowledged the source then it is fair use. That is wrong. Just providing a name is not enough. it’s a matter of plagiarism – professional ethic. While plagiarism and copyright significantly relate to one another, they are not the same because copyright is a matter of law which by the way doesn’t allow to “fair use” ideas.

People use a lot of things on internet thinking that it doesn’t belong to anyone. But it does. Numerous of movies, sound tracks, applications, etc. are being downloaded without permissions. In a pool of millions and millions of users it may seem hard to get caught. But don’t fool yourself. Protective technology is developing just as fast as technology for doing inappropriate things.

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