Stay Safe at FitSwop

There are two aspects of staying safe we would like to discuss today. One is security for your account. The other is security for your content.

Copyright. Earlier this year, the in-home fitness phenomenon Peloton was sued for $150 million in damages for copyright infringement. That is, using more a thousand unlicensed songs in their programming. It was shocking to see such a successful corporation could make such a blind mistake. However, a big fear is this: what if Peloton thought they had paid their dues, but in fact did not?

The fact is, sometimes rules are difficult to understand, especially with regards to copyright infringement and music. Please read this one carefully fit pros. We wish to protect everyone who wants to create. While we fully recognize your desire to publish content, it must be your creation. We must take intellectual property infringement very seriously, to protect our community members.

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Content for classes or programs must be original, in the sense that you have created the content yourself, or you have otherwise purchased the rights to use and resell (such as the case with imagery or photos, which have a license for commercial use). If for any reason you have content you did not create, you must have explicit authorization from the person who did create. Music contained within a video necessitates a specific license, unless is it specified royalty free.

What is defined as copyright infringement can be tricky. You may be putting yourself at risk of being accused of creating derivative works if you directly try to recreate something as your own. This includes music, formats, or sequences of trademarked fitness formats. With that said, according to the U.S Copyright Office and the Copyright Registration of Choreography and Pantomime, individual positions, movements or dance steps by themselves are not copyrightable (i.e. no one owns the grapevine, the cha cha, or warrior 2 position). No one person or entity owns the fitness industry, and the body’s ability to move a certain way.

However, a sequence of steps or format of steps is considered copyrightable, and therefore to ensure the safety of our Fit Creators and buyers of Content, it is always recommended consulting with a copyright attorney to obtain additional copyrights for yourself if applicable and protect your liability as a seller or buyer of Content. We are all in this together, so let’s respect each other and the laws while also promoting each other as creative fitness professionals.

Our utmost goal is to help you be successful and stay safe. Know that we do respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of others very seriously, and we ask that all of our members and users of the site do the same. If we find that any Content is in violation of our Intellectual Infringement Policy or other applicable laws, we reserve the right to remove it from the website if an appeal is filed. The take home? Do your homework (i.e. check the laws and hire as necessary to protect yourself). 

For additional questions or concerns, contact us here.

Security is a concern for most, if not all of us. How can you keep your information safe on the web? How do you keep your content protected? Considering news stories concerning unauthorized access, it is important for us to spread awareness of protecting yourself and your materials online. Password protection is of key importance, wherever you roam on the internet.

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Here are a few tips to consider when reviewing your passwords:  

  • DO make sure your password isn’t too simple like, “Password” or easily guessed like “I love fitness” (we know you do, but use this as a social media hashtag, not as a password).
  • DON’T using the same passwords across multiple sites.  
  • DO remember to update old passwords that haven’t been changed in forever.
  • DO consider a password manager like LastPass to help you create secure passwords and store passwords across websites you use.
  • DO use longer passwords, which are stronger and more secure. Passwords that are 10+ characters are recommended.
  • DO make passwords hard to guess. It’s best to avoid passwords that include information about you.
  • DON’T access your accounts unless on trusted devices.
  • DO update your passwords regularly.

Your password is one of the best defenses against anyone trying to compromise your information, so make sure to take the important steps to protect it.

In Safety,

Your Fit Pro Friends at FitSwop