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Copyright Theft

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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.


Spammers and Copyright Infringement

Regardless of how good (or bad) you believe TSU to be, it – like other social networks – is always going to be open to misuse by people not using the service as it was intended.  Although spammers and copyright infringers are two different problems, they can be dealt with in much the same way.

Q. What is a spammer?

A. In the context of TSU, a spammer is likely to be a person that posts irrelevant, rude, repetitive comments on another person’s feed, for the purpose of personal gain.  You know the sort of thing “follow4follow”, “share4share”, “visitmywebsite” or even simply “like” 100 different times, with no thought given to what they are commenting on.

Usually this is done on pages with a large following in the hope that a lot of eyes will see the spam.  We’ve had a bit of it @flowerpictures.

Q. What is a copyright infringer?

A. These are people who use the work of another person without permission, with the view to personal gain.  i.e. copy/paste, screengrabs, removal of watermarks etc.

Q. So what can be done to stop this?

A. If you’ve inadvertently followed or been followed by a spammer, click on their profile.  Click the 3 little dots (under their username) and click ‘Block’. This will stop them being able to send you a message, write on your wall or comment on your posts.

If you notice that a post infringes your copyright, go to that post, click the 3 dots under the post and then ‘Report’.  You’ll then get a choice of options, including:

Inappropriate / Harassing me or a friend / Hate speech / Spam-Scam / Sexually explicit content / Violent or harmful behaviour /Drug use /Your intellectual property / Someone else’s intellectual property

Select the most appropriate and move on.  Do not get involved in an online argument if you can help it.

Q. Could TSU do more?

A. In my opinion, yes.  The one thing I’d like to see is a ‘right click’ ‘save as’ facility removed.  This is particularly relevant for those of us with visual content

Q. How can I ensure I’m not a spammer or a copyright infringer?

A. If you are genuine in your engagement with others, you are not a spammer…easy.  With regards copyright, if you are sharing from outside of TSU, then always make sure you have the permission of the content creator to do so.  If you are sharing from within TSU, just hit the share button and give the credit to the creator who’s content you value.  You might just form a friendship!

Please share to your favourite social network (buttons below).

Thanks 🙂


Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles