Copyright laws and posting content on the Internet

| Dec 20, 2018 | Copyright Law

Let’s imagine for a moment that you write the next “Great American Novel,” and — since no publisher has recognized the greatness of your work — you decide to post your entire novel on the Internet. A year later, you’re pleased to find that you have a number of fans who are enjoying your work. However, you’re not pleased to find that certain individuals have made a copy of your manuscript, and they’re now selling hard copies of your work without your permission.

Is this a copyright violation? Or do the laws not apply since all you did was post the text on the Internet? Fortunately, you’re likely protected by copyright laws.

A common misconception is that, if you post something on the Internet, it becomes fair game for anyone to copy and distribute it without first getting your permission. This is absolutely not the case. The same copyright laws apply to content you publish on the Internet as apply to other types of textual content and information. All the information you find on the net is protected through copyright laws — just like the text you can find in library and bookstore books.

In fact, you don’t even have to formally register a copyright under modern copyright laws when you post something on the Internet. The formalities of registration are a thing of the past.

Considering the above explanation of copyright laws and posting on the Internet, if you need to protect your copyrighted content, contact our law firm for more information about how your particular case fits into the law.