As we all know, social media seems to have woven its way into our everyday lives, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  With that said, is everything posted via social media fair game?

The question first came about because there have always been people who repost something someone has said without giving credit to the author. And it’s not always an “Author Unknown” type situation.  Some people simply take a person’s words, copy, and paste them as if they’re their own.

Then, there’s someone I follow on Facebook whose profile pic is of another person.  This other person isn’t a celebrity or anything, which makes it even weirder! Why have someone else as your profile, even after they’ve called you out and asked you to remove the photo?

And then, there’s this video.  At first look, I was like, “Why would ANYBODY put a mad face on this?” Then, I started reading the comments and saw that apparently the business was using someone else’s video to advertise their product, even though their product wasn’t used in her video.  Her followers took note and expressed their anger.

Can’t blame them.  I’d be mad, too.  Here's her actual YouTube tutorial on how she achieved this look.

It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  But what about theft?  Isn’t that essentially what people are doing when they use unauthorized photos and personal material?  Or is it fair game because people expose themselves to the world? What do you think? Is all fair in love and social media?

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