Copyrights & IP Awareness

I think the copyrights and Intellectual Property (IP) awareness are low in my country. I think most of those who are interested or aware of the rights and IP are artists, photographers, and industrial companies. 

But, I’m surprised to know that there is a Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) that was established in 1989! The organisation also held a MIPA’s National Intellectual Property Convention in May 2014. 

I believe it is also important to educate students and faculty members at higher education institution pertaining to copyrights and IP issues, instead of just focusing on plagiarism, which is also a related issue. 


The Public Domain

I’m following cooking blogs and artists that share images and arts through their blog. Occasionally, they will posts frustration entries about their dishes images and arts that are used or printed without their consent. For instance, an artist shared how her artwork was downloaded from Google Images and printed to promote independence day celebration by a tourism company.

She and her friend talked to a local press and got their stories published in the newspaper to increase people awareness towards illustrations copyrights issues. The artist also has explained her copyright terms in her site.

Some or maybe most of the Internet users thought that images that they Googled, can be downloaded and free to use. They have the assumption that

if it’s posted on the Internet, it’s on a public domain. Thus, FREE to use by EVERYONE…

This is also one of the myths that Brad Templeton listed on his 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained post.

Learn more about Public Domain here from the Creative Commons site.



Do you read the TOU?

After reading this article about copyrights implications of user content in social media, I realize that it is important to read the term of use (TOU) before clicking the AGREE button. I think I have this assumption that almost everyone use it, so, it must be safe to just agree with the terms and start right away! 

The Facebook’s TOU consists of 14,000 words over eight separate pages and would take at least 2 hours for a quickest reader to read it

Honestly, I didn’t read the TOU when I registered my Facebook account about 6 years ago. I’m not aware of the possibility that Facebook or other users to use and exploit the text, pictures, or anything that I uploaded on my Facebook. I now know that I’ve given the rights to Facebook  to use any intellectual property content that I post! I’m beginning to think about closing or deleting my account. But wait, Facebook asserted that “this IP License ends when you delete your IP content on your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it“. In other words, I have no control on my content even after deleting my Facebook account 😦 

So, do you read the TOU?