I’ve seen it…you’ve seen it…we’ve all seen it
What am I talking about? Copyright theft. (it might seem boring…but stick with me til the end…I’m giving away money!)
Where someone steals some original content and posts it as their own without giving due credit to the owner (or even asking if they can use it in the first place!).
This is not just immoral, it’s illegal! It’s hard enough for independent artists to get themselves noticed, without blatant theft of their work. It happens all over TSU and it happens all over social media and the internet in general.
So what can we do about copyright theft?
Well, when you see obvious copyright theft, of either your or someone else’s content on TSU, click the arrow (top right of a post on desktop, bottom right on the mobile app), and then select ‘Report’.
You will be presented with a list of reasons why you wish to report the post. The last 2 on the list are ‘Your Intellectual Property’ and ‘Someone Else’s Intellectual Property’. Select the most appropriate.
So that’s the first thing we can do about copyright theft, but what else?
I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and every time I do it makes me angry, but yesterday I had epiphany. I was focusing on the wrong people. Yes, we should remove these people from the TSU network…they add no value to anyone, and only serve to put off people who bring their own original ideas.
BUT…we should be rewarding the people that are doing the right thing!
So, I got to wondering how I could support people that are trying to do the right thing.
As you know, I am the person behind the Flower Pictures channel on TSU. The channel has 2 strict rules. No more than 3 posts per day, and original content only.
What some of you may not know, is that before there were channels (or even groups!) I set up the Flower Pictures page.
As the channel grows, it is starting to supersede the page, but I still share what I consider to be the best posts daily. It’s effectively a curated version of the channel.
So, for the rest of this month (June) for every post I share to the page, I will be donating $0.05 to the favourite charity of the person who made the post, as my way of saying thanks for being original, unique and you.
Be the change you wish to see in the World
That’s how you deal with copyright theft!
ps – I’m not saying everyone should feel obliged to do this. You may not have $0.05 in your TSU bank yet. However, you can still help, by simply only sharing content from users that you know are original.