I have been involved with copyright for various types of media since I worked for a TV production company in the early 1990s, so I’m aware that you can’t just pick a picture, piece of music or a video from a page and use it to your heart’s content.  We had to abide by the Copyright Designs & Patents Act (can’t remember the year – 1986?) at that point because this was, of course, pre-internet.

My first problem with this Thing was choosing what to search for. I decided to go back to one of my previous jobs where I had a lot to do with reporting on projects related to squirrels of various shades of red and grey.

I love this picture of a red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris, to give it its scientific name). They are such pretty creatures.  The image has a CC BY licence, which means it can be used as long as there is a link back to the original and the creator is credited.  The source for this image is: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASquirrel_posing.jpg.  I could have added this URL to the description when I uploaded the image but it would have made the caption ridiculously long.

Red squirrel posing
Red squirrel posing. Attribution: By Peter Trimming [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
I then decided to look for a video that I’d seen on YouTube of a squirrel spinning on a garden bird feeder but couldn’t find the one I wanted.  I did, however, find this one, which is just as funny, and was uploaded by Dean Schulz.  It also has a CC BY licence.  Here’s the link if you want to see it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0mr4fRJoqG4.

EDIT: I stumbled across the video while I was researching for another Thing.  Here it is: the URL is  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrK50NBc8r0

It’s covered by the Standard YouTube Licence.

What have I learned? I’ve learned that copyright is even more of a minefield now than it was back in the 1990s!

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