When it comes to artistic works and ownership, most people probably think that whoever created a particular piece of art is the person who should own it. These matters aren't always so simple, though, since companies can purchase works of art and the copyright that goes with them. The advancement of technology brings a new layer in the discussion of copyright law as experts try to determine how to handle artistic works created by artificial intelligence (AI). New York artists may want to pay attention to this debate since it may affect the usage of artistic works that already exist.
The music industry used to be different. Music companies practically owned songwriters and artists, and if they wanted to make a career in the industry, they had to sacrifice the rights to their music. After years of giving their lives to these companies, many songwriters and artists across the country, including many here in New York, may want to get back the rights to their music. Fortunately, copyright law may help in that regard.
Artists and designers in New York of all kinds have a right to protect their work. Copyright law exists for the purpose of giving them a legal means to do so. If someone else uses an artist's creation without his or her permission, it often means that the person or entity is profiting off of the work without properly compensating the person who created it. This is what one man alleges in his copyright claim against the Chicago Cubs over a trinket he says he created back in the 1980s.
Music artists in New York and around the nation often dream of creating a classic song that people will love for generations to come. Those who have achieved such a feat not only feel a sense of accomplishment, they often take comfort in knowing that their artistic contribution can generate income for themselves and their loved ones. If another person or entity uses that song without the artist's permission, it is considered a violation of copyright law. This is because the entity may use the song in a way that the artist doesn't approve of or that the entity will profit off of the song without properly compensating the artist. This is the current predicament of the theme park Dollywood, as it fights allegations that it used a Christmas song without permission from the songwriters.
When artists create a piece of art, it is often precious to them. They are generally careful to protect their works and ideas so that other people cannot steal them and profit from them without proper compensation to the artist. Unfortunately, many New York artists still have their creations taken from them. Copyright law exists to offer artists a means of protecting themselves by taking action against those who may try to use their work without permission. This is what courts will consider in a suit that a screenwriter filed against several entities and people that he claims stole parts of his script that eventually appeared in a recent feature film.
Artists of all mediums need to protect their work. Without copyright law, it would be much easier for others to profit off of New York artists' creations without giving those artists proper financial compensation. Recently the FBI seized a streaming website for airing content for which the proper copyright was allegedly not obtained.
Many exercise enthusiasts in New York and elsewhere say that nothing propels them through a workout like music. Generally, this means they are listening to music they have purchased and use only for personal benefit. They do not financially profit off of using music while working out. However, the popular exercise company Peloton, known for offering online classes for people to follow during home workouts, is in hot water over its music usage. The National Music Publisher's Association claims Peloton streams music during classes, which is in violation of copyright law.
Many artists here in New York understand that copyrighting their work helps protect their intellectual property. Copyright law exists to help artists make a legal claim if a person or company misuses or steals their artistic work. It's used by artists of all types, including painters, musicians, photographers and more. A recent copyright claim could update the rules on what kinds of artistic works can be protected. Several street artists from out of state are fighting a suit from Mercedes-Benz, claiming that the automaker used their work without permission.
The modern online world offers people multiple ways to make money. Many content creators produce online videos, with things like tutorials or opinion pieces, or using them as a way to market their own artistic creations. One of the biggest distributors for this content is YouTube. There are people who have found great success putting their content on YouTube, but up until recently, some of the rules regarding the usage of music prevented some creators from sharing their videos. YouTube has changed their rules going forward, and many are hopeful that it will help content creators, though some are concerned that it could harm other artists and violate copyright law.
Copyrights are important for New York musicians, but they are also useful for artists of any kind. That could include writers, photographers, visual artists and many others. Those who create puppets and costumes often need the protection of copyright law, too. This is evident in the recent civil claim that one Major League Baseball team brought against a married pair of artists responsible for creating a recognizable team mascot known as the Phanatic.