Don't get caught out by copyright on The Internet!
Anyone can create content and publish it on a website - but that doesn't mean that it is free to use. Do not assume that because you can copy or download material that it is legal to do so. Content on the web is covered by the same copyright laws as other original material.
When material is posted on social media, copyright laws apply in the same way as if it were published in a book or journal, or on a website. Copyright law is often broken on social media - never assume that whoever posted it 'owns' the content, or that you have the right to re-use it.
When you post your own original content to a social media platform you continue to own the copyright to that material. However, by posting it you are allowing the platform provider to use that material for their own purposes (including commercial use). Always read the terms and conditions of the site.
Never upload anything that is not yours - such as artwork, images or photographs - you must always own the content yourself, or have been given explicit permission by the owner to share it. It is your personal responsibility to check for copyright before using any material, and you will also be responsible for any infringment of copyright law related to content that you have posted.
Just because an image is freely searchable online, and you are able to copy or download it, it does not automatically mean it is free to use. A rule of thumb is to assume that all images are under copyright and you will need to get permission to use them.
If you are unsure about the copyright of an image, you can use sites such as TinEye and perform an image verification search.
Additionally you can check the further information section to find sources of free images that you can use in your work.
Blogs & Vlogs
Content created for blogs and vlogs that is from a third-party should only be used with permission. This includes music, images and text content.