Posted by Rachel Nauen
Is it the easy cut and paste motion or the “missing” copyright page? Is it the anonymous feel of the Internet? Maybe people in our nation are simply just unfamiliar with copyright law and the Web. Regardless of why people are disregarding copyright law, copyright infringement with Internet content is a serious issue that seems to be on the rise.
In today’s day and age, copyright law is a blur of confusion. “There is no doubt that in 2011, copyright law isn’t what it was in 1976. The web (and mobile) have all forced the aging statute to evolve in ways that were never anticipated in a world of digital everything,” writes Kaiser Wahab, a Media, Tech and Venture attorney in New York. “Recognizing copyright holders’ uphill battle, the government appears prepared to experiment with aggressive enforcement strategies, at the price of burdening free speech, due process, and fair play.”
The government and copyright holders are ready to crack down on copyright infringement. Protect yourself and learn about copyright law. If you did not create the article, picture or piece, you need permission before you can copy or use it. However, there is one exception – FAIR USE. Under the fair use clause you can use small portions of a copyrighted work for reporting and educational use, as long as it does not destroy the commercial value of the work. Do not forget to credit the work to the author or designer.
Do you use material on the Web in the correct way? Why do you think others disregard copyright on Web content more than they do print content?