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How Is Social Media Content Protected? | IP Conversations

Everyone loves social media, or at least loves the content we can find on social media. But how is this creative content protected?

Read this IP Conversation to find out!

Hey IP Geek. 

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. When I post content online on social media platforms, how protected is my original work?

There actually are a number of clauses protecting your IP when you post it onto the internet, and most of the time the content copyright remains with you.

The protection comes both from regional laws and from the Terms and Conditions of each platform. 

And of course, the level of protection you can get for different types of content varies.

Platforms usually have clauses permitting them to use content posted to their space. 

They effectively have broad licences to your content, which is what allows things like sharing and reblogging. 

However, if external brands want to use any content for promotional purposes they must get permission from the creator first.

The type of content you post also influences the extent of your protection. 

Photos and videos are more unique and original by nature and have stronger copyright protection. 

In contrast, a short post consisting on just text and emojis, is likely to be less protected.

Thanks for letting me know about this, IP Geek.  

Now have some idea of where to start and how to make my content more secure. 


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