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Copyright Infringement on Social Media: Legal Consequences and Prevention Strategies

By: Barry Chase
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Copyright Infringement on Social Media: Legal Consequences and Prevention Strategies

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Uploading or downloading copyrighted works without permission from the owner is a violation of the owner’s exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute. Those who commit copyright infringement may face statutory damages of up to $30,000 per work infringed. In cases of willful infringement, this amount can be raised to $150,000 per work.

As social media continues to grow in popularity, copyright infringement has become a common issue on these platforms. Users often share images, videos, and other content without obtaining proper permission from the owner, which can lead to legal consequences for both individuals and businesses. In this post, we will discuss the legal implications of copyright infringement on social media and provide some strategies to prevent it.

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Copyright Infringement on Social Media: Legal Consequences

Copyright infringement occurs when someone uses another person’s copyrighted work without permission or proper attribution. On social media, this can happen in various ways, such as sharing photos, videos, or music that belongs to someone else. It’s important to note that even if you credit the original creator, it does not automatically give you the right to use their work.

The legal consequences of copyright infringement on social media can be severe. In some cases, the owner of the copyrighted material may send a takedown notice, which requires the platform to remove the content. However, if the owner decides to take legal action, the consequences can include fines, damages, and even criminal charges.

In 2019, a court ruled in favor of photographer Daniel Morel in a copyright infringement case against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images. The court awarded Morel $1.2 million in damages for their unauthorized use of his photos of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Prevention Strategies

To prevent copyright infringement on social media, there are several strategies individuals and businesses can implement.

  1. Obtain Proper Permission: The best way to avoid copyright infringement is to obtain proper permission from the owner before using their work. This can be done by contacting the owner directly or through a licensing agency.
  2. Use Royalty-Free or Creative Commons Content: There are many websites that offer royalty-free or Creative Commons content that can be used without permission. However, it’s important to read the license carefully to ensure that the intended use is allowed.
  3. Give Proper Attribution: If you do use someone else’s work, be sure to give proper attribution. This means clearly stating who the owner is and where the content came from.
  4. Monitor Content: Regularly monitor social media accounts for any unauthorized use of copyrighted material. If someone else has shared your work without permission, take action immediately.

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Copyright infringement on social media can have serious legal consequences. It’s important to obtain proper permission before using someone else’s work and to monitor your own content to ensure that it is not being used without permission. By implementing these prevention strategies, individuals and businesses can avoid potential legal issues and protect their intellectual property rights.


  • Copyright infringement on social media involves using copyrighted work without permission. Normally, even crediting the creator does not grant the right to use copyrighted content.
  • Copyright infringement on social media can lead to fines, damages, and criminal charges, necessitating awareness of legal consequences.
  • Prevention strategies include obtaining proper permission, using royalty-free or Creative Commons content, giving proper attribution, and monitoring unauthorized use.
  • Compliance with state and federal regulations is crucial; expert legal counsels, like ChaseLawyers, offer guidance in the evolving digital landscape.

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Barry Chase

Barry Chase, Esq., Senior Partner at ChaseLawyers®, is a distinguished figure in the realm of sports and entertainment law, offering Harvard-level representation that is both cost-sensitive and exceptional. An honors graduate of Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Chase's illustrious career commenced at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, now known as Wilmer Hale. Here, he honed his expertise in Communications and First Amendment law, representing media titans such as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, and Time, Inc. in pivotal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) matters.

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