Question #1: If someone posts a picture on Facebook and I repost it, am I doing something wrong even if I don’t know where the people got it?
Question #2: Does it violate copyright to share someone’s stuff on social media?
Answer #2: It’s safe to say it does not (and that it’s ok to share) if:
- The settings allow it to be shared.
- You aren’t making money off the work of someone else.
- You don’t say the work was yours (like you put “By” followed by your name on a copyrighted image made by someone else, which would be a case of copyright infringement).
- Bonus: you give credit to the person who made it.
Question #3: What if I Photoshopped an image I found on Instagram and then shared it? Is that infringing on copyright?
Answer #3: This is a fuzzy area known as fair use, which allows copyrighted works to be changed up upon a careful, individually made evaluation, which can be kind of complicated, but people can do this if they objectively decide it falls under fair use.
SCS Fair Use LibGuide: https://libguides.fau.edu/scs-copyright/fair-use
Image source: Share, by K. Padrón, 2021.