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.
Many musicians in New York and elsewhere have drawn inspiration from hits from previous decades and in some cases, they may even use samples of these hits to create their own music. When using another artist's work, obtaining consent is advisable, as failing to do so could prompt intense legal disputes. Singer and songwriter Ernie Hines has recently filed a lawsuit accusing Jay-Z and Timbaland of copyright infringement under similar circumstances.
The music industry is one that involves a great deal of creativity. As a result, most musicians do not want their work unjustly used and seek copyright protections to avoid such outcomes. Still, some musical artists may find that others have used their work or created works similar to theirs, and copyright infringement lawsuits could result.
Artists often consider their work to be a part of themselves. When they create a song, a photograph or another kind of artistic piece, they generally want the ability to control how that art is made available for public consumption. The artistic community is thriving here in New York, and it is important that artists have the ability to protect themselves and the art they create through copyright law. Recently, songwriter Kenny Nolan has filed a civil suit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing, claiming breach of contract and copyright infringement. He claims that several of his songs were acquired by the publisher without his permission.
When most New York residents post pictures to social media, no legal issue arises. It makes sense that someone's picture of him or herself would not belong to another party. However, model Gigi Hadid recently became the subject of a lawsuit alleging that she violated copyright law when she posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account that was taken by paparazzi.
As a writer, musician, photographer or the owner of some other type of works, New York residents need to take steps to protect their intellectual property. Copyright law provides an avenue to do just that. Some important changes have taken place in these laws recently, and knowing what they are could prevent unnecessary issues.
When a comic artist and a science fiction writer get an idea, it is certain to be a good one. Recently, award-winning DC Comics artist Ty Templeton teamed with "Star Trek" writer David Gerrold to collaborate on a mashup parody of Star Trek and the Dr. Seuss favorite, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" The project was organized by ComicMix, a company formed for just such mashups and crowdfunded by $30,000 in donations. While New York fans waited excitedly, the project soon stalled under accusations that it violated copyright law.
Diligence is often needed in order for people here in New York and elsewhere to protect their intellectual property. With the advent of platforms such as YouTube, it has become even more of a challenge. For this reason, the video streaming platform allows users and viewers to report so-called "YouTubers" when they believe a copyright law violation occurs. Doing so serves as a sort of community policing in order to stop protected materials being used without permission.
If you are one of New York's residents with a creative streak, you may have written one or more songs. Whether you perform them or not, you may want to take advantage of copyright law and protect your materials from someone using them without your permission. In addition, making use of the laws available to you could also provide you with royalties for your tunes.
Earlier this month, over 50,000 copyrighted works entered the public domain. It would not be surprising to know that some in New York may not even understand what that means since the last time books, movies, music and other created works entered the public domain was 1998. Nonetheless, many people have been waiting for the day when films by Charlie Chaplin, books by F. Scott Fitzgerald and songs by George Gershwin would outlive the protections afforded by U.S. copyright law.