You know that copyrights protect things like novels and photographs. These solid works of art are owned by their creators in most cases, unless that ownership is sold -- in the case of a commissioned work, for instance. But what about the performing arts? Do those get the same protection?
Generally speaking, a copyright is automatically granted to an artist as soon as they create a work. This could be a painting or a photograph or a song, for instance. Once it has been created, the work is theirs and cannot be used by anyone else without their permission.
The internet is a great place for spreading pictures, art, information and much else, but it also creates a problem. For photographers, for instance, it may mean that their photos get stolen and used without their permission. Many pictures get passed around so much -- all people need to do to save a digital picture is right-click and save it to the computer -- that few people have any idea who the original creator was.
People sometimes confuse public access with public domain. One of the biggest copyright myths is that these two things are actually the same. They are very different.
Twitch is a streaming service that is owned by Amazon. While it handles a lot of different types of content, it appears that soccer games have been streamed on the site -- at least, that is what is being alleged in a new lawsuit.
Technology seems to change everything in time, and the rate at which it has developed over the last 50 years is nearly mind-blowing. It seems like nothing is left untouched. That even goes for plagiarism scandals.
You're an artist. Maybe you write songs or novels, for instance. You love to create.
A recent copyright case between Xceligent and CoStar has finally come to a close after years of proceedings. It set a record with the award given out: $500 million. However, the money that will be paid by the insurance company involved in the suit is much lower, at just $10.75 million.
You keep a close eye on the art scene that you work in, so it does not take you long to find out that someone stole some of your work. You discover that they're selling products with your art on it. Maybe they're making book covers, t-shirts, wall prints or a whole host of other products.
A video game called Glorious Saga was produced by Sina Games. It was a free-to-play game, and it did garner some popularity in the time that it was available. However, the makers were recently sued and decided to just shut the whole thing down.