The street artist Shepard Fairey once said, “The most important thing about intellectual property vs. creative expression is that copyright law was created not to stifle creativity but to encourage creativity.”
His sentiments are exactly correct. Copyright laws are there to protect the creative endeavor from being harmed, and in today’s digital world, that has become more difficult. With a camera in every pocket and social media marketing, it is very easy to have your work used without permission or compensation.
A thicket of federal and state laws and administrative rules and regulations attempt to govern digital media. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DCMA”), enacted in 1998, was designed to protect against the infringement of copyrighted works. The DCMA goes beyond criminalizing copyright infringement itself. It also makes it illegal to produce and disseminate technology, devices, or services that allow unauthorized access to copyrighted works.
Whether you are looking to protect your digital art, new digital media technology, defend your rights to free speech and self-expression or guard the integrity of your commercial internet website, then you need competent legal advisors who are aware of the developing and ever-changing federal and state laws that regulate the digital domain.
When you share your creativity with the world, we’ll make sure you get the credit.
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If you are seeking the most skilled and qualified representation, contact the Boesch Law Group today to schedule a free consultation.