Guest Article:

** Note: I’m sharing this article from one of my Live Big Mastermind clients, Barbara Ingrassia with Manage Copyright, because it’s very timely and important for you to know when shooting family fun photos and videos this summer.

Ah Summer!  Time for picnics, reunions, family gatherings in the back yard, weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, travel. Time for creating special memories. Shooting pictures, videos, etc.

And we want to share those with others, don’t we? It’s so easy. There’s Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

You might be:

  • Taking a Group Photo
  • Scanning the people attending the event
  • Recording dancing at a wedding
  • Recording Uncle Charley making funny faces
  • Singing “Happy Birthday”
  • Recording remarks by the “Guests of Honor”
  • Other?

Here are some tips to keep in mind for safely sharing those special memories:

✓ Don’t share what you wouldn’t want your grandparents (or boss or future boss) to see. Once it’s out there, it’s out there.
✓ Make sure everyone is onboard with sharing on social media.
✓ Not everyone likes to be “out there.” Respect their privacy. Don’t “tag” without their OK.

(Another thing about sharing: The person who takes the photo/shoots the video owns the copyrights to those, but when you post to social media, you are granting the platform a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). This license authorizes the platform to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same. (You won’t be compensated.) Yup, it says that in the Terms and Conditions of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. And by using the site, you have agreed to those Terms.)

✓ Is there music playing? Even if it’s in the background and not important to the subject of the video, social media platforms have automated systems that can detect copyrighted content. Your video may be rejected or the audio suppressed. This can happen even with live video. If the automated systems don’t catch it, the copyright owner may still manually submit a DMCA take down request. The vast majority of recordings were made after 1923, so they are still protected by copyright. Bummer!
✓ BUT do go ahead and sing a boisterous and energetic “Happy Birthday To You” without fear (depending on the quality of your singing, of course. )

[On June 30, 2016, the US District Court in Central CA ruled that “Happy Birthday To You” is in the public domain (out of copyright).]

✓ What’s in the background of your shots/videos? Take a quick look for prominent copyrighted images or trademark logos, videos, movies, etc. Consider repositioning the shot if you can without losing the moment. While this might not be as much of an issue as music, IT DEPENDS. Some rights holders can be very protective.


✓ Keep it Fun and Keep it Legal!


© 2018 Barbara Ingrassia. All Rights Reserved. For info:

Barbara Ingrassia is a Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker, and Trainer. For more information about Copyright Law and You, go to or contact

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice. We provide it for informational purposes. If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.


Talk to you soon! ~ Katrina!

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Katrina Sawa

The Jumpstart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &

Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful


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Do you really know who owns those photos, images or even some of the copy from the internet that you grab and use on your website? 

I’ve been sued before BIG time for using copyrighted content copied online unknowingly on a Google search… to the tune of $2000! Yep!

And I couldn’t get out of it even with an attorney! And I took the images right down when asked….they were out for my blood I tell you!

Listen up folks, you could be making this HUGE MISTAKE in your marketing, on your website and on your social sites too.

I want to introduce you to one of my Live Big Mastermind clients, Barb Ingrassia. Barb is a Certified Copyright Manager and plain expert in what you CAN and CANNOT do legally online with photos, content, videos, music and more. Plus she shows you how to PROTECT YOUR OWN COPY AND IMAGES so they don’t get used by other people randomly too.

Here’s what Barb wanted me to share briefly with you….

You need just the right image to make your webpage, blog, brochure “pop.”  Of course you turn to the Internet and do a search; there are hundreds of great photos to choose from.  You find the perfect one: Copy…Paste…Done!  All set… GOOD TO GO!

Right?   Maybe…maybe not.  Content on the ‘net is eligible for copyright protection; it belongs to some one.  ASSUME that any content you find online is copyrighted, until you can determine otherwise.  Using others’ content without permission can result in some “unpleasant surprises:” letters from attorneys informing you that it has come to their attention that you used IMAGE X without a license. The letter may demand that you “cease and desist”—stop using the image and remove it from your website, blog, brochure, etc. Or it may demand payment of licensing fees. This could even lead to very expensive and time-consuming litigation.  (No, “giving credit” to the source is not enough.)

What would that mean for You and Your Business?

Rest assured that there are ways to locate free or “almost free” images that you can use legally. I can help you find them.

For my free report The Ten Biggest Copyright Mistakes That Small Business Owners Make (that could land You in court)…And How To Avoid Them,  please go to my site at You will also receive my twice-monthly newsletter Manage Copyright. Don’t let it manage You!℠

Thank you, Katrina, for this opportunity to help your readers navigate the gray murky maze that is Copyright in the Digital Age.

© 2015  Barbara Ingrassia. All Rights Reserved.


See, she even puts a copyright notice at the bottom of her little article here! I’m telling you, Barb knows her stuff, you definitely want to grab her report and then find out how to talk with her about what you’re doing online with any of the content you share and use plus your own.

Here’s to creating and enjoying the business and life of your dreams!

Katrina Sawa
The JumpStart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &
Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful
“Kicking YOU and YOUR Business Into High Gear!”

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