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By Joseph Romain
Published: 04/01/15 Topics: Copyrights, Legal, Photography Comments: 0
The Internet has created a wonderful opportunity for people who want to steal the creative work of others.
The most visible thieves are those who steal copyrighted music which has forced the entertainment industry to institute rigorous methods of encrypting music. They have sued and forced equipment manufacturers, internet providers, music streaming sites and music sales websites to restrict the copying of music. Yet it is still rampant.
Photographers however have no such protections for their creative products. The internet makes it easy to publish photos to websites in digital form, but also easy for it to be stolen by people who do not want to pay for the photographers work.
Since the advent of the printing press, and more particularly the ability to print photographs would-be photo copyright infringers were stymied in their attempts because printed photos can not be accurately copied from a physical piece of paper.
But the Internet has removed those barriers to copying, made great works of art viewable by millions and easy pickings for thieves.
Copyright law makes no distinction between printed photos and digital ones. Fortunately, the internet also makes it easy for copyright owners to find those who illegally copy copyrighted works.
Website Magazine focuses on the internet and anything to do with websites any anything that affects them. Their latest article Bloggers Beware: Image Copyright Infringement Is Costly stands as a warning to those who want to copy the best creative work and pay nothing for it.
Author: Joseph Romain – Creative Director, Signatour Photo Team
Blog #: 0394 – 04/01/15
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