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Copyright on posting stuff online

If you’ve ever created anything – a story, a song, a piece of art – then you own the ‘copyright’ to it. Copyright is a type of legal protection given to anyone who creates something original. It’s given automatically (this means that you don’t have to apply for it) and means that only you can:

If someone does any of these things to something you created without your permission, then they’ve ‘breached’ (or broken) your copyright.

Just as copyright ensures that whatever you create remains legally yours, other people who create original work are also protected. This means that you can get into trouble if you take another person’s work without their permission and:

Copyright infringement is a serious crime and can carry legal penalities, so it’s best to play it safe so that you don’t get into trouble!

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