MyYearLook was created to help you and your friends and family share and tell your life stories. MyYearLook was not created so you can create gross out collections of offensive content. So think about the kinds of photos, videos, music and captions you post to your own MYL Albums and the albums you contribute to.
We’ve thought about the things that should be posted, too, and here’s some of things that don’t belong in MyYearLook Albums. Note: If we see this sort of content, we do have the right to dispose of it.
• Don’t post pornography or sexually explicit content – even if you’re in the pictures.Wait a second, especially if you’re in the pictures! Your friends and family are going to see your posts.
• Don’t post anything relating to animal abuse, underage drinking and smoking, or any sort of terrorist invoking activity.If your friends want to see that sort stuff, you need new friends.
• Graphic depictions of violence, shots of others getting physically hurt, bullied, or otherwise humiliated are also not allowed. • We will not tolerate the building of shock albums comprised of shots of dead bodies, catastrophes, or anything intended to gross people out.
• Respect The Copyright Laws! Pictures you take generally belong to you and won’t create issues when you final protect your MYL Albums. However, since you can also post videos and music to your MYL Albums, you should only post videos and music that you created, or paid for, or have the expressed right to use. (See Copyright Tips for more information.)
• Don’t post anything that attacks or demeans anyone based on race, ethnic background, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation or gender identity.
• Don’t post anything associated with predatory behaviour, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts.
• Respect our rules and we’ll respect your right to build MyYearLook Albums you’ll cherish for years to come. However, if you violate our rules, your album will be deleted and you will be prohibited from creating or contributing to any further MyYearLook Albums.
You own all of the original content you post to your MyYearLook Albums. However, since you can also post music and videos to your MYL Albums, you need to be avoid posting copyrighted materials that you do not have a legal right to use.
Overall, you are generally permitted to use content that you have created or purchased, but there are legal exceptions to even that rule of thumb. So please, take some time to get familiar with the basics of Copyright. The key word there is basics, so don’t assume that by reading over these basic tips you will somehow become a copyright expert.
What is Copyright?
When a person creates an original work that is fixed in a physical medium, he or she automatically owns copyright to the work. Copyright ownership gives the owner the exclusive right to use the work in certain, specific ways. Many types of works are eligible for copyright protection.
Which types of work are subject to copyright?
Ideas, facts, and processes are not subject to copyright. In order to be eligible for copyright protection, a work must be both creative and fixed in a tangible medium. Names and titles are not, by themselves, subject to copyright.
Is it possible to use a copyright-protected work without infringing?
In some circumstances, it is possible to use a copyright-protected work without infringing the owner’s copyright. For more about this, please refer to the Fair Use section below.
Some content creators choose to make their work available for reuse with certain requirements. For more about this, see the Creative Commons section below.
Can MyYearLook determine copyright ownership?
No. MyYearLook is unable to mediate rights ownership disputes.
What is the difference between copyright and trademark? What about patents?
Copyright is just one form of intellectual property. It's not the same as trademark, which protects brand names, mottos, logos, and other source identifiers from being used by others for certain purposes. It is also different from patent law, which protects inventions.
What is the difference between copyright and privacy?
Just because you appear in a video, image, or audio recording does not mean you own the copyright to it. For example, if your friend videos a conversation between the two of you, he or she would own the copyright to that video recording. The words the two of you are speaking are not subject to copyright separately from the video itself, unless they were scripted in advance.
What is Fair Use?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that says you can reuse copyright-protected material under certain circumstances without getting permission from the copyright owner.
Different countries have different rules about when it’s okay to use material without the copyright owner’s permission. For example, in the United States, works of commentary, criticism, research, teaching, or news reporting might be considered fair use. Some other countries have a similar idea called fair dealing that may work differently.
Courts analyze potential fair uses according to the facts of each specific case. You’ll probably want to get legal advice from an expert before uploading videos that contain copyright-protected material. Here’s an even better idea: if you’re not 100% sure you have the right to use video material, don’t post it to your MyYearLook Albums.
Does Fair Use apply to my MyYearLook Albums?
In the United States, fair use can only be determined in a court of law. To determine whether a fair use defense is valid, judges examine the allegedly infringing use according to four factors. Uses for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be considered fair.
If you plan to use even a small portion of copyrighted material, we'd strongly advise you to secure legal advice first. MyYearLook cannot make determinations of fair use.
The Four Factors of Fair Use:
Courts typically focus on whether the use is “transformative.” That is, whether it adds new expression or meaning to the original, or whether it merely copies from the original. Nonprofit educational purposes tend to be considered fair more often than commercial uses, but it is not automatic one way or the other.
Using material from largely factual works is more likely to be fair than using purely fictional works.
Borrowing small bits of material from an original work is more likely to be considered fair use than borrowing large portions. However, even a small taking may weigh against fair use in some situations if it constitutes the “heart” of the work.
Uses that harm the copyright owner’s ability to profit from his or her original work are less likely to be fair uses. Courts have sometimes made an exception under this factor in cases involving parodies.
Beware: You may be violating someone’s copyright, even if you have:
Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work. Many video sites, including YouTube, allow video creators to mark their videos with a Creative Commons CC BY license. These videos are then accessible to users for use, even commercially, in their own creative works.
PLEASE! DO NOT TAKE COPYRIGHT LAWS LIGHTY, BECAUSE WE DON’T.If you think you are in any way pushing the legal envelope when it comes to using someone else’s creation in your MyYearLook Albums, then there’s a good chance you’re actually breaking copyright laws. So don’t do it. Save yourself a lot of hassle and find another copyright-legal way to tell your stories.