Most blog content, it seems fair to say, is original (at least in copyright parlance). Bloggers fundamentally publish online because they have original things to say. But many bloggers, especially those blogging in the political sphere, have trouble resisting the temptation of copyright infringement by the unauthorized use of photographs or video from news services, or excerpts of reporting or other writing published by mainstream media outlets. Even non-political bloggers seeking clipart or photographs for their posts often find they have a particular famous image in mind, and may not be aware that they risk liability for copyright infringement by using that content without permission. This article sets out basic issues of copyright as they relate to using content on blogs. (From the introduction.)
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Ron Coleman, Esq.