The internet and social media have opened a Pandora’s box of sharing without caring. It is so easy to right-click and ‘save as’ or to copy/paste convenient content. Today I have permission to share an excellent and informative post from Zeebra Designs & Destinations that explains what is wrong with using copyrighted material without permission. And yes, if I wrote it, it’s copyrighted. If you wrote it or snapped it or coughed it up, it is copyrighted. I encourage you to read this entire post and as much of the discussion that follows as you can. Zeebra’s links are also very helpful.
In addition to Zeebra’s information, here is another link about Fair Use and Creative Commons. http://janefriedman.com/2013/07/15/the-fair-use-doctrine/