These days, it is common for individuals to create websites for their businesses or even for their blogs. Individuals often use blogging as a way to earn an income, and because their websites are vital to their financial well-being and their businesses overall, they certainly do not want others taking content from those sites. As a result, understanding copyright law may be important to New York residents.
If individuals' websites include their original works, such as photos, articles, designs and other creative content, those works are protected by copyright. If a person publishes the photo, blog or other work on the website, it receives those protections as soon as it is published on the site. Though these protections do automatically fall into place, it is still important to register a copyright.
Registering a copyright could give greater legal leverage in the event that someone attempts to use another person's work. In the event that someone does use another person's work without permission, the copyright owner may be able to take legal action and pursue compensation for any damages that resulted from the unauthorized use. Without the official registration, however, fewer options for taking action may exist.
Some individuals may think that having automatic copyright protection is enough, but they may wish they had taken additional action if a problem comes up. As a result, New York business owners may want to ensure that they take precautions when it comes to protecting their original works on their websites. Consulting with attorneys experienced in copyright law would be wise for individuals interested in this protection.