Quick legal tips for creatives on Instagram and Facebook

If you have a blog and invite others to contribute, you may want to consider putting an agreement in place to ensure everyone knows where they stand in terms of copyright ownership of their original blog content.

If you have a blog and invite others to contribute, you may want to consider putting an agreement in place to ensure everyone knows where they stand in terms of copyright ownership of their original blog content.

The best thing about Sharon Givoni's epic (560 pages!) Australian legal guide Owning It: A Creative’s Guide to Copyright, Contracts and The Law, is that despite its size, the information within the book is provided in easy-to-read, bite-size chunks that anyone can grasp. No legal-ese here! 

For the last few months on Instagram and Facebook, we've been sharing regular tips from the book. Even if you feel like you already know your rights and responsibilities under the law, it’s always helpful to be reminded where and when your rights can be enforced.

If you search the hashtag #creativesguidetocopyright on Instagram you'll find posts from us talking about topics such as:

  • Who owns copyright in my work if I'm a freelance writer or blogger?
  • How can copyright infringement be avoided when using another graphic designer's source files?
  • How can I provide evidence of my original work?
  • How can photographers protect their work in the age of digitisation?
  • Who owns copyright if a design agency employs a contractor?
  • Who owns copyright if I create a typeface or font for a client? 

These are all important questions if you're forging a career in the creative industries, or managing a side-hustle for some extra income.

The answers aren’t always as clear-cut as you may think, but with a few simple proactive measures your livelihood may be protected should things get murky with clients, contractors, customers or the like.

Follow us on Instagram @creativemindshq or here on Facebook for more tips and tricks to help you stay on the right side of the law.