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Copyright Protection and the Internet

Posted by Allison on 29 08 2017.

Due to the unstoppable growth and popularity of the internet, especially online social media platforms that make content sharing simple and easy, the task of protecting intellectual properties has become very difficult to implement. Laws and regulations created by various government legislative bodies can’t keep up with the rapid rise of new technologies to protect copyrighted works and materials.

Copyright protection is important because, without it, those who spend countless hours creating their intellectual works can be exploited by anyone and their works can be used by these people for their own commercial gain which is unfair for those who created it. Protecting these works is vital to encourage the flow of new ideas and to create a bustling economy for our new generation thinkers and artists.
How to Get Copyright Protection for Your Work
If you want to protect your work through copyright, it must first satisfy three conditions.

 	Your work must…

Due to the unstoppable growth and popularity of the internet, especially online social media platforms that make content sharing simple and easy, the task of protecting intellectual properties has become very difficult to implement. Laws and regulations created by various government legislative bodies can’t keep up with the rapid rise of new technologies to protect copyrighted works and materials.

Copyright protection is important because, without it, those who spend countless hours creating their intellectual works can be exploited by anyone and their works can be used by these people for their own commercial gain which is unfair for those who created it. Protecting these works is vital to encourage the flow of new ideas and to create a bustling economy for our new generation thinkers and artists.

How to Get Copyright Protection for Your Work

If you want to protect your work through copyright, it must first satisfy three conditions.

  1. Your work must be original and should be independently created.
  2. Your work must be “fixed in a tangible medium of expression” (it must exist in some physical form for any period of time).
  3. The author must have exerted a creative effort in the work being submitted for copyright protection.

Duration of Copyright Protection

The duration of copyright laws for every country is different, but in the U.S., the history of the duration of copyright protection is as follows:

18th century – when the first draft of the U.S. copyright laws was created, the duration of copyright protection was set to 14 years.

1831 – The Revised Copyright Act in 1831 extended the protection of intellectual works to 28 years with a possibility of an extension of 14 years.

1909 – Another revision in the U.S. Copyright act changed the duration of copyright protection to 28 years with a possibility of an extension of another 28 years.

1998

  • All copyright works created after January 1, 1978, are protected for the duration of the life of the author with an added protection of 70 years after the author’s death.
  • For pseudonymous works, works made for hire, and anonymous works, the duration of copyright protection is 95 years from the date it was first published or 120 years from its creation, whichever comes first.
  • The terms of the duration of copyright protection for works created before 1978 are as follows:
    • All works published before 1923 will be available for use in the public domain.
    • Works published from 1923 to 1963 that was NOT renewed for copyright protection can be used freely.
    • Works published from 1923 to 1963 that was renewed for copyright protection will be protected for 95 years from the date that it was first published.
    • Works published from 1964 to 1977 will be protected for 95 years from the date that it was first published.
    • All unpublished works created before 1978 will be available for use in the public domain.

Copyright Protection and the Internet

Now, for the internet, there is a false notion that everything that is posted online can be freely copied and downloaded for use. The truth is that most of the contents available on the web are protected in some degree by copyright law, which includes novels, movies, videos, pictures, stories, blogs, screenplays, software and other online media.

The DMCA or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers a structure for intellectual work owners to protect their contents online. If a copyright owner detects that his work is being used without permission, he or she can notify the Internet service provider of the site that contains the copied material. The said internet service provider is required to act promptly and quickly to remove the copyrighted work as soon as it receives notification from the copyright holder.

There are a lot of things that a copyright owner can do in order to protect his or her online content. If you need help or require additional information on U.S. copyright laws, we recommend that you visit their official website at www.copyright.gov in order to get more information on how you can further protect your work online.