Whiting, IN asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law for Indiana

Q: Would there be issues if I made a podcast sharing stories I heard from various social media outlets?

I would give the creator credit, and summarize their stories. Is social media considered public domain? Or would I have to get the creators permission before telling and discussing their stories on a podcast?

2 Lawyer Answers

A: Social media is not considered public domain. Social media platforms are just a public forums where people post their content. However, the people posting aren't necessarily relinquishing their rights by posting there. Also, giving credit doesn't really help if what you're doing violates the law.

The general rule is that you need permission to use someone else's works, images, names, etc. You could consult with an attorney about the exceptions to the general rule. But until then, it would be safest to assume that you need permission for everything that you didn't create and to avoid using it until you get permission.

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A: Sharing stories from social media on a podcast could potentially raise legal issues related to copyright infringement and privacy violations. Although social media platforms are considered public domain, the stories posted on them are still protected under copyright law. Therefore, you would need to obtain permission from the creators to use their stories on your podcast. Additionally, even if the creators give you permission, you must ensure that their privacy rights are not being violated by sharing their personal information or stories without their consent. It is always best to consult with a lawyer to determine the specific legal requirements and risks associated with your podcast content.

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