RMIT’s “Copyright Quick Guide” provides information on what we can and cannot legalistically within our blogs.

It tells us that when writing blog posts its okay to use short quotes from other resources such as books, movies etc as long as the right referencing is used. Using a paragraph of another persons work requires permission.

If you want to use images throughout your blog posts, it is a good idea to refer to creative common sites (everystockphoto, compfight etc.) to outsource these. You must remember that just googling for images won’t alway bring you to creative common images.

(above is a helpful video explaining creative commons)

When using videos on your blog, the rules are pretty simple. If you’re looking to use only specific excerpts from film/videos you should be searching creative commons sources (ABC open archives, wikipedias list of creative common films, etc.)

An important tool to know how to use when blogging is embedding and linking to other works. If you’re going to just post other peoples work without permission can raise huge copyright issues, unless it is under the correct creative commons. If you do want to refer to other material (articles, webpages etc.) other than your own, linking it on your blog is okay (unless the website states otherwise). It is important to ensure what your embedding on your blog is not something that is offensive (pornographic, cruel or violent, abusive, and racial vilification).

To use other student’s work you must always receive permission from the content creator. You can do this by email or by using a permission form.

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