Do website rippers infringe copyright?
Generally speaking; if you take some snapshots of yourself, and you upload them to an online social media website, and then someone right-clicks to take those photos AND then places them elsewhere on another social media site without your permission — is that copyright infringement? I think this has become a major problem especially with site rippers that can take entire directories of photos and place them elsewhere. What rights stand on this situation?
Sally on May 16, 2012
Good question, Sally. You own the copyright to your snapshots. An individual can probably right-click, save, and repost your snapshot in a similar situation without your permission under “fair use.” However, if a “site ripper” is doing this en masse for financial gain of some sort, then this would not be fair use. Such a situation may be similar to the Kinko’s ruling, which found copyright infringement when a company has an overall profit motive for copying.