I was recently pointed in the direction of a website that does a great job of breaking down basic copyright information to a level we can all understand! The website is Tech & Learning
Although the article is 8 years old, I thought was still very relevant. It is called Kindergarten Copyright!
So if you have time stop over and read it. Let me know what you think. I realize all the different forms of copyright violations we have been seeing lately are not referenced in this particular article, but I do think this makes a great base in our quest for educating the public on this topic.
Another great website that helps define and explain copyright laws can be found HERE. It is http://www.whatiscopyright.org/. I think their definition of copyrights shown below is very fitting to stamping and digital images. (Especially the last sentence)
Another explanation from their site that I particularly like is:
Graphic images provided by "free" or "linkware" graphics sites and stock photography are not public domain. These images, although provided to you for free or a fee, are not being given to you in ownership. You are being allowed to use them if you comply with the owner's terms and conditions, so make sure that you comply with them in full when you use or display the works in question. If the owner says "don't alter it", don't alter it. If the owner says, "only use for your personal homepage," only use it for your personal homepage. The same applies to linking images or logos. They are still copyrighted by the owner and are usually only to be used for links to the owner's web site. Again, in these cases the © symbol at the bottom of your web site only pertains to the content that you yourself created, not to the graphics, stock photography or logos provided to you for use.
There is also great easy-to-read information on FAIR USE and the Berne Convention and universal copyrights on their site. They also provide information on where you can actually read more on these laws!
I think it would be a great idea for everyone to read these articles so that they are educated and informed on the law. That way when there is a disagreement on a copyright infringement people are not just throwing their opinions around of what they think is okay or what they think copyright means.
Have a wonderful week,