Slideshare closes copyright breaching loophole

Good news for those of us that are so tragic as to post our slidedecks on Slideshare for all to see (hello guilty as charged) and waste more time than any person should on making their slides look oh so pretty using CC licensed images (at least I hope you’re not using copyrighted images *stern librarian face*)…

A little while ago I highlighted a new service launched by Slideshare which raised the potential for copyright breaches to emerge all over the place. The service itself is a good idea in principle (users can “clip” your slides and store them for future reference — great for stat based slides amongst others…), but if you used image heavy slides (hello again) then it presented problems if your slide didn’t properly include a credit for the image creator as the clipped slide when then technically be in breach of copyright.

The good news is that this has now been resolved…the bad news is it requires you to actively change a setting on each presentation (it’s not defaulted to the option that protects you from a copyright claim).

To prevent your slides from being clipped simply take the following steps.

  1. Click on “Edit” underneath the slide player:

2. Head to “Privacy Settings” and select “No” to allowing users to clip slides:

That’s it. Job done. Of course, you should really ensure that all your slides have the credit on the individual slide, but the reality is a lot of people don’t do this and simply add the credits at the end (hello, me again). If you do do that, then at least switching off the “clip slides” functionality will ensure that the link between the slide and the credit is not broken.