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.
Romance novels are very popular, making billions of dollars every year. More and more often, these novels are getting self-published. Companies like Amazon make it very easy for people to upload their books, covers and other information, giving them the freedom to publish whatever they want -- that fits within the guidelines -- and market it as they see fit.
A lot of artists worry that their work will get stolen when they post it online. Not only do they worry that consumers will take the work for free, but they also worry that major corporations will simply steal their work and profit off of it, assuming that the artists will not have the money, time or knowledge to go after them in court.
Online piracy really rose into the public view back when Napster took over the online music scene. The site, which was shut down back in 2001, was still in the relatively early days of the internet, but it showed just how easy it was for people to essentially steal digital files.