Being ethical is equally important in all aspects of life (personal, academic, and professional) both because it protects you from illegal actions and because it enhances your reputation. That being said, digital media ethics and law are here to help us stay away from such unpleasant and uncomfortable situations that would jeopardize our brand image. Digital Media Law is especially relevant nowadays that amateur and professional journalism is using a variety of platforms to reach out to its audience. With that in mind, here’s a list of my top five tips for saving for yourself from violating intellectual property laws:
- Do not jeopardize anyone’s reputation. Making false claims for someone without having evidence harms your reputation more than theirs.
- Do not disclose information without the source’s permission. You are legally reliable for the information you publish, especially when the content is pertinent to someone.
- Do not use somebody else’s work without citing them. Copyright covers the work created and published through a tangible platform by others.
- Do not use trademarks unless you have been granted permission. To access those rights you need to either connect it to goods/services in commerce or federal registration of the trademark.
- Do not manipulate images. That includes removing or adding objects or making any changes that would alter the meaning of the image.