A2 – Week 10 – Intellectual property, social technology, and sharing art online

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Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, a trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. Examples of intellectual property include music, literature, and other artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Under intellectual property laws, owners of intellectual property are granted certain exclusive rights. Some common types of intellectual property rights (IPR) are copyright, patents, and industrial design rights; and the rights that protect trademarks, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets. Intellectual property rights are themselves a form of property, called intangible property. Although many of the legal principles governing IP and IPR have evolved over centuries, it was not until the 19th century that the term intellectual property began to be used, and not until the late 20th century that it became commonplace in the majority of the world.

Social technology is defined as applying the used technologies for specific purposes especially social ones: to ease social procedures via social software and social hardware, which might include the use of computers and information technology for governmental procedures, etc. Examples are social software (e.g., wikis, blogs, and social networks) and communication capabilities (e.g., Web conferencing) that are targeted at and enable social interactions. It has historically referred to two meanings: as a term related to social engineering, a meaning that began in the 19th century, and as a description of social software, a meaning that began in the early 21st century.

Sharing art online is a term what you share your own visual art to your friends or the art of someone on internet. As Jamie states that many of us online marketers are familiar with the concept of “free” and “royalty-free” images. In fact, we can get downright excited about finding awesome images. Of course, there is always the alternative, which involves paying for subscriptions for good images. However, nothing beats free…usually. As long as you respect the rules, the “free” images often work out well.

I also found that there are some thing on Facebook copyright policy for sharing your content and information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:


  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.


  1. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

They are just 2 clause on a very long Facebook copyright policy. After a while to get through all them, I figure out that it could understand by this way

Facebook does not claim copyright ownership of any content posted by users. Whoever the rights holder of the content is still owns their work. If you post writing or images you created, you still own the copyright to your work. If you post written work or images created by other people, you don’t claim copyright to their work just because you posted it on your Facebook page. If you posted someone else’s work without their permission, you have infringed their work

Most of social network as Instagram and Facebook are similar for their own copyright policy.

To sum up this topic I would recommend something that to protect your art when you are using them online

Work out what uses of your work you will allow before putting any material online: for example:

  • can people buy it online?
  • can people download it?
  • is it available for private use only, or can it be used in public?

Make sure that people know you are the copyright owner of your work and what they can do with your work.

Use a search engine to see if other people are using your material.

If your copyright is infringed get legal advice and take action. Learn more about how to take action on the following pages.


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