Having a copyright means having the legal right to prevent someone else from using or profiting from a creative work. The owner of a copyright may take legal action if someone else takes credit for the creative work or uses it in such a way that the creator is denied the benefits. However, there is a part of copyright law that some in New York may not understand, and that is the concept of public domain. After a certain amount of time, a copyright expires, and the work becomes available for the public to use without any restrictions.
When a favorite song comes on the radio, most people in New York turn it up and enjoy it without thinking about the royalties the artist or songwriter may be receiving from it. In fact, many pay for satellite radio or use apps like Pandora to hear more of the songs they enjoy most. Some of the more popular stations play songs from decades past, such as the 60s, 70s and 80s. However, copyright law does not protect the music created in all of these eras.
Every generation has its moments of life-changing invention. The telephone, the computer, the internet and more have changed the way people interact with each other. As society changes, laws struggle to keep up. Even now, with the advent of artificial intelligence, those who study copyright law suggest changes may be on the horizon.
The Swedish music streaming company Spotify has been blasted with a $1.6 billion dollar copyright lawsuit for allegedly using thousands of songs without a license and failing to pay compensation to the music publisher.
Social media is popular for its ability to carry ideas through networks of people at lightning speed. New York users of social media may post and share videos, pictures, quotes and other items in the hopes that they will go viral. What users of social media may not understand is that some of the items they share may be protected by copyright law.
For some New York families, winter brings special traditions, such as long hours playing board games. Although the popularity of board games has waned, many vintage games have new life in electronic versions and apps. Such is true for one of the most beloved and enduring board games, The Game of Life. The future of this game hangs in the balance now due to a recently filed lawsuit concerning copyright law.
It was only a short time ago when a New York music fan could borrow a friend's vinyl record and make a cassette tape of the music. In addition to not having to pay to purchase the album, copying the music to a tape made it portable since it was not feasible to carry around one's turntable. The music industry and recording artists complained about this as a violations of copyright law, but they may have had no idea of what technology would allow fans to do in the future.
New York fans of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift often admit they admire her because her music speaks to them. Swift's lyrics come from personal experiences, and those who enjoy her songs, especially young women, find them empowering. However, songwriters frequently find themselves faced with lawsuits when their music or lyrics too closely resemble songs written by other people. Swift is no stranger to these lawsuits, and in the past, copyright law has been on her side.
New York is no stranger to famous people. Photos of these famous people can be worth a lot of money to the photographers who take them, but new technology and trends in photography have sometimes made it difficult to determine who might actually own the photo. Since the inception of the front-facing "selfie" camera on smartphones, people have been able to take self-portraits easier than ever before.
A group of men took to the stage in the 70s to entertain music lovers with their song and dance talent. They were a costume-oriented group known as The Village People. Many people today still recognize their construction worker, Native American and cowboy persona, in addition to a few others Several members of the original group are currently engaged in a contentious copyright law dispute involving several other management and licensing entities.