Yesterday we spoke about the importance of using the right content within your app, content is the meat in your sandwich, the cherry on top of your cake, content is key. What we have found is that many app makers are using the AppsGeyser Android app platform to make their apps, by simply connecting their app to a URL that does not belong to them – Wait guys, copyright does exist on the web and on mobile apps just as it exists everywhere else in the world.
What is copyright?
Copyright is what it says, it means you have the rights over the copy. Ok, to explain this more clearly you are the owner of anything that you have created, in this case the content of your app, this is similar to the way you are the owner of your car or your home. The only difference with being an owner to a car or home is that you will have legal documents to prove that the car/home belongs to you, with content this is slightly more difficult to prove. Content written by you is writing, or images that has been produced by you, you can’t however claim copyright over an idea unless you have had this idea patented.
How can I avoid copyright issues?
1. Create your own content – Nothing is easier than writing or creating content yourself and it is not as difficult as you may think. To get your content onto a URL you can use a simply website creator tool, such as imcreator.com all you then need to do is write the text, upload your images and you are done.
2. Give credit – You may at times be required to use quotes, or ideas from another URL, this is usually acceptable to do if you make sure you credit your sources. The best way to use another source for your content is to simply request permission from them directly, the majority of sites will only be too happy to let you use their content as long as you link to them, for example; if you are creating an app based upon your local theatre productions, request permission to link to theatre websites.
3. Public domain – We all have access to the internet and the content on it, however this does not mean that all the content on the web is considered free to use because there is access to it via the public domain. This is not the case. The internet is a piece of software that is in the public domain, but the content within the internet is still considered private entities.
4. Fair Use – Using sections of content from a site can be considered fair use, it is possible to use parts of an article as a quote or to clarify a point that you are trying to say within your content but we are talking about using small snippets. As long as you do not copy the entire content and can prove the reason why you chose to use these quotes you can always claim that the usage is within the fair usage policy. We still suggest, even when using small snippets of content that you request permission and give credit to the originator.
I hope that you all understand why we have to reiterate this issue on our blog from time to time. We really think it’s important to respect our fellow content creators and this will help you use our Android app platform and build an Android app that is unique and successful.
In this article I would like to credit my sources, (my own head) and facts from Wikihow.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this post should be considered as a legal advice. I am not a lawyer and legal advice should be sought if required.