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What are 3 common copyright issues?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2022 | Copyright Law

You have songs and artwork that you want to protect. Unfortunately, you know that others have already stolen your work and claimed it as their own.

This kind of problem is frustrating for creators. Others may take your designs or music and sample them, earning money from something you’ve worked hard on.

Copyright infringement isn’t uncommon. In fact, creators deal with all kinds of copyright-related problems regularly. Here are three that you should be aware of.

  1. Copying your music

One common copyright issue that comes up is when someone copies a song or mimics it very closely. Sampling a song is normal in the industry, but only with permission. If someone takes a song from you or steals your beat, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit to get compensated.

  1. Graphic design rip-offs

Whether it is your band’s T-shirt design or a piece of artwork that you worked hard for, it’s important that you are able to get the right recognition for that work. When someone steals your design, they may mislead consumers and make people confused about whose brand it is. If someone misuses your branding or designs without permission, you may have a case.

  1. Outright plagiarism

Another big issue that artists, musicians and writers run into is plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs when someone takes what you’ve written or designed verbatim. While someone can quote your work, they are meant to give you full credit. If they fail to do so, then you may be able to pursue a claim against them for plagiarizing your work and violating your copyright.

You deserve to protect your ideas and designs, songs and more against copyright infringement

These three copyright issues happen often in the arts. If you find that someone is making money off the work that you’ve put so much time into, it’s reasonable to be upset and to want them to stop right away. You may be able to send a cease and desist letter or work on another solution, such as filing a lawsuit to get compensation for the violation of your rights as a creator.