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.
Protecting one's artistic creations is an important part of working in the arts, whether music, literature or visual arts. Copyright law is ever-evolving, and often one ruling on an intellectual property matter can affect many different areas of culture. This may be the situation for legal action initiated by rapper 2 Milly against Epic Games, creator of the wildly popular video game "Fortnite."
Artists, musicians and other creative types in New York and across the country can be grateful for the laws that protect their works from others who would try to use them for their own benefit. Complex copyright law changes frequently, and some state laws fill in gaps that exist in federal law. For example, while federal law includes music that was composed before 1972, it covers sound recordings only after 1972. Some state laws protect pre-1972 sound recordings of those songs. A recent legal decision addressed the question of remastered recordings.
The development of ideas, photographs, games and other such items take time and money. These developments are often the lifeblood of a New York business. As such, in many instances, these businesses are afforded protection for these items under copyright law.
Those who sink millions of dollars into creating a motion picture hope they will make some profit. A few fortunate filmmakers know their high-budget projects will be blockbusters, grossing many millions of dollars, especially if they are parts of popular franchises. Copyright law protects the filmmakers' rights to limit access to the movies only to those who are willing to pay the price of a ticket. In New York and elsewhere, anyone who violates that right can face serious penalties.
As society advances and people find new ways of expressing themselves, laws protecting their rights must change as well. However, it is well-known that changes in laws do not always happen quickly. One example of this is copyright law, which struggles to keep up with creativity expressed through technology. Users of social media in New York and across the country may wonder how much of what they post is protected from copyright infringement.
When someone in New York gets a great idea for a product or work of art, he or she may investigate ways to make the idea lucrative. This includes protecting it from those who may want to use it for their own benefit. However, not everything can be protected by copyright law. Ideas, names, phrases and things that are commonly known cannot be copyrighted, nor can titles or recipes. However, U.S. chefs are wondering how an international decision may affect the food industry in this country.