Next, it is useful to have a basic understanding of copyright laws. Copyright protection exists for anything you write, generally provided that it is your own material. To avoid plagiarism and copyright breach for using other people’s work, consider referencing them or getting consent from them first.
A branch of copyright and particularly relevant for web 2.0, Creative Commons Licences are the subject of Chapter 5 of this series, which follows this post.
For a more interesting angle on copyright protection online, see this Quora question on copyright protection as it applies to tweets.
Music video below which shows how the boundaries of copyright protection have stretched via YouTube and other online video publishing sites.