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Making money off copyrighted material?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Nick1, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. Nick1

    Nick1 Junior Member

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    If you have a lot of copyrighted materials (photos for example) on your website and making money off them... Perhaps not selling them directly, but you have ads alongside them

    can you ever get in trouble? What is the worse that can happen?
     
  2. carlikito

    carlikito Regular Member

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    Of course you will get in trouble, maybe not today or tomorrow but eventually.

    The worst that can happen is for them to sue you for every cent you have and make your life hell!
     
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  3. Methodic1

    Methodic1 Registered Member

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    Most likely you will get a DMCA request or a C&D to remove the content. Many hosts will shut your site down until you comply. If you do not comply it is possible a lawsuit will follow.
     
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  4. seostrike

    seostrike Junior Member Premium Member

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    Nice Info..!
     
  5. Absynth

    Absynth Registered Member

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    How about if you don't actually sell copyright products but you advertise as if you do, then affiliate link the customers ? . . . Anyone know the law on that?
     
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    You can't survive that business even if you are a big player. Just think what happened to KimDotCom. If he can get in trouble, then you should better avoid even thinking about it ;)
     
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    dzanzil Registered Member

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    Good question and good information to be received after reading the comments.
    Thank you!
     
  9. SavyCon

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    Why not try using non copyrighted material? Depending on the license of the content, in some cases you can use it freely with attribution, or can request usage of the photo.

    What Methodic1 mentioned is what most likely will happen. DMCA request to you and/or your host followed by a lawsuit. Best to go the correct route the first time around, or those stock photo sites will slap you with multi-thousand dollar fines for a single image.
     
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  10. Nick1

    Nick1 Junior Member

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    I was hoping to to something centered around celebrities, but looks like I am screwed.

    Can I still embed youtube videos? What if it's from an official channel?
     
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    I'm not a lawyer but in that situation you're not hosting the copyrighted material. If the owner has an issue they would disable the embed feature.
     
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    In that case, you're promoting YouTube. If the YouTube is violating copyright, then that takedown notice will be sent to them and not you.
     
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    If you have a permission from the owner, then you're safe. However, if not, then it's time to remove every piece of copyrighted material in your page.