Whether you’re a potential First Lady speaking to millions of people, or a club president borrowing choice words for the organization’s newsletter, it’s a good idea to exercise caution before appropriating printed information as your own.
This was the advice of India Vincent, speaking to Alabama Media Professionals members and guests August 11 at the Homewood Library.
“Copyright protects the expression of an idea, not the idea itself,” she told her audience. Ms. Vincent handles cases involving copyright law for Birmingham’s Burr & Forman law firm.
Investigate and obtain permission from the person who owns the copyright to material you plan to use, Vincent advised. Then obtain written permission to use it. “The copyright holder may let you use it free, free with permission, or say ‘Pay me!’” she said.
by Sandra Bearden