Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsLLOYD ENGLAND: Are consumers always put on notice about intellectual property rights?

Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsROSS HYAMS: No. They're not. Because just because there's no little logo on it or a little copyright symbol doesn't mean that there's no ownership in the copyright. You have to be careful of that one. So you're not always put on notice.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsLLOYD ENGLAND: Intellectual property can protect a range of rights? What advice would you give consumers for protecting their rights?

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 secondsROSS HYAMS: Often, in the expression of ideas there are layers of rights. They can come in many different categories. So you have to do some homework, simple as that. You have to go out and do some homework. You have to find out what the situation is. And again, if you don't understand, go and see a lawyer and get some proper advice.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsLLOYD ENGLAND: When you go on Facebook, then you go, I agree, and you go in, you're instantly bound by their terms of service, which might say Facebook's got the right to show your photographs for example. How important is it to read those terms of services when we engage with social media and put our works out there in the public domain?

Skip to 1 minute and 5 secondsROSS HYAMS: It's very important. You have to understand exactly what is being taken from you. If I put a photo of my dog on Facebook, for example, it's really important to read the terms of service to understand what rights you are giving away. It's my photo. But I'm putting it out there. I'm relinquishing my rights to that photo, to a certain extent. And I'm agreeing to the terms of service that Facebook has made me agree to. And it's out there. It's out there according to their terms of service. And if you don't understand it, then don't do it, simple as that.

The Ross Hyams Perspective

Ross Hyams is an educator and law practitioner. Here, Ross presents his unique perspective on the essential things you need to know about intellectual property law.

There are a wide range of laws with a purpose of protecting the valuable creations and inventions of others. But, what can we do to make sure that we respect the intellectual property rights of others and not infringe or break the law in our day-to-day lives?

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