By Chase Lawyers

While blogging may seem like an easy feat, there’s more to it than just writing posts and self-publishing content on the Web. To strengthen your content, you may need to use an image, video, or other piece of value-adding materials owned by another resource. You would also need to find ways to protect your content from being plagiarized or used without your permission.

From this article, you’ll learn more about how to incorporate other media into your blog in the right and legal way.  You’ll also get a few tips on how you can protect the content you create. 

What is a Copyright?

Simply put, a copyright is a legal right that’s automatically endowed to a creator. It’s put in place to protect their work or their intellectual property, and it gives them the exclusive authority to use, reproduce, or distribute it. A copyright will prevent other people from using, claiming, or making money off the creator’s work. 

Can You Use Copyrighted Material?

If you want to use other people’s work, you need to have blogging permissions from the copyright holder first. Also known as a license, blogging permissions let you use, copy, or make changes to a work that’s already been copyrighted. It may be difficult to get blogging permissions from the creators themselves, but there are alternatives that you can look into, such as a Creative Commons license.

You can use work that has a Creative Commons license without blogging permissions or fees, but your usage of the material may be limited to certain circumstances, following the parameters that the creator sets. For instance, the material owner may require you to be credited them for the work.

To know if a work is under the Creative Commons license, look for the Creative Commons symbol and its related symbol.

When Can You Use Another Creator’s Material?

You can use copyrighted material under “fair use”. This lets a blogger use a piece of creative work solely for the following, limited purposes:

  •       Criticism
  •       Commentary
  •       News reporting
  •       Teaching or research

You may also look for content that’s in the public domain. Materials under the