Colour In Your Life respects the rights of all artists and creative people worldwide. We expect our members to also demonstrate this same respect and assist us in creating a beneficial and positive atmosphere for all members or visitors.
The availability of this document should not be construed as rendering legal or other professional advice, and this document is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you require legal advice, you should seek the services of a qualified attorney.
How does one get Copyright?
Under most national laws and international copyright treaties you receive a copyright automatically in any original work as you make it. Registration may be required to exercise some rights, like commencing a lawsuit. Copyright does NOT protect ideas. Copyright protects the expression of ideas or the ways in which an idea is materially placed or expressed in the work.
Copyright infringement occurs when a person does certain things with a creative work produced by someone else with their express permission first.
Examples of infringement can include:
- placing someone else’s creative work online without permission
- using a creative work commercially without permission
- adapting someone’s creative work into another medium without permission. For example, turning a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting.
How to avoid infringing on Copyright
To avoid infringing on the rights of another, use your skill, talent and imagination to create your own original work. This does not mean coming up with an original idea (copyright does not protect ideas). In reference to copyright, ‘original’ means that you created your work without referencing or deliberately copying anyone else’s work during the process.
If you have used materials which are owned by other people or companies make certain that you have obtained proper permission or licensing for the use before you place your work online.
Any creative work that is less than 150 years old should be considered copyright by default. A work is not required to have a copyright statement printed on it or near it in order to be considered copyrighted. Do not assume that the work is unprotected simply because you cannot see a notice. Do not confuse the fact that a work is publicly available with the idea that it is in the public domain or free for use. Being easy to find on the internet does not affect a work’s status as copyrighted.
Submitting infringing work to Colour In Your Life
When through the proper notice we become aware that a submission to Colour In Your Life infringes upon the copyrights of another artist, creative person or company, we will immediately remove it. This is a legal requirement which we will fulfill immediately; you will not receive an advanced warning and you will not be given an opportunity to ‘fix it’. If you believe a submission infringes on your copyright you may either report the submission using our internal system, or send us a copyright notice via email or mail. If you believe that a submission was removed in error you may contact our helpdesk or otherwise file a counter notice.
If your account is found to have repeatedly posted infringing content, the account will be suspended or otherwise banned and deactivated. The copyright owner may also decide to sue you directly if you infringe his or her copyright in posting content to Colour In Your Life. Taking the work down does not protect the infringer from a lawsuit. They may still be responsible for very significant damages if the copyright owner decides to sue.