Copyright Law and Media

Copyright Laws concern Social Media – In today’s social media world, the professional, personal, and political information is spreading like wildfires, so where does that put Copyright laws? A copyright is a federal law that protects the authorship of a creation. In this digital and social media world, much data is shared and used professionally and privately. Having the exclusive rights to copy, distribute, and collect things to create content for videos, music, and images digitally will help the practice abide by copyright laws. In 2020 there are still unclear situations about these laws because our technology moves faster than the rules can adjust around them.

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What are Copyrights and its Importance with Digital Media? Posting one’s creations makes ownership automatic. What is the need for the Copyright? A Copyright is a security method floored by the U.S. Constitution and allowed by law for original works, both published and unpublished authorship. “Copyright protects a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.” (U.S.Copyright) “A Trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of one party’s goods or services and distinguishing them from those of others.” (U.S.Copyright) The moment your work is created, and in a material form, your work is under copyright protection, but if you register, you can bring a lawsuit for infringement if needed. Your work will have a public record and a certification of registration. Educating students and myself to Copyright or Trademark original work protects us all.

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How to Protect Yourself from using Material Collected from the Internet? The way to get permission from another individual’s works is to contact them straight away. If you are uncertain who the owner is, you may contact the Copyright Office to search the record or search for yourself. “Under the Fair Use doctrine  of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports.” (U.S.Copyright) If you use copyrighted material without permission, the owner could bring an infringement action upon you.

Working to Educate Copyright Importance – Social media is not always managing Intellectual Property, throwing it into confusion. “Many orphaned works are content whose owners can’t be identified. The works are moved along and used—republishing the orphan work without liability if the authorship is not located.” (Manishin) I am working with an organization that is developing ways to better educate students about Intellectual Property and the significance of copyrights and trademarks. The program works with school teachers and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to cover the creators’ ideas to remain protected with integrity. USPTO Why this is so important, young kids, teens, and people, in general, create ideas and works that are orphaned that get gleaned from social media and digital platforms daily—allowing enterprises to benefit from these IPs and the creator is left with nothing. Not even the recognition of the work. 

How I will Modify the way I use Social Media– Educating everyone about using Copyright or Trademark protects everyone from orphaned works and keeps innovation alive. Learning about the importance of copyrighting your work has been very enlightening and informative. It has made me more aware of checking my social media resources to ensure that I have permission to use work before using a portion of it in a project that I would be working to put together. With technology changing so quickly, having your work registered relieves a lot of pressure. Asking permission to use others’ works keeps us respectful, and it’s the right thing to do.

References:

U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright in General Retrieved October 2, 2020, https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html

Manishin, Glenn. (August 9, 2013) Social Media and Copyright Law In Conflict. Retrieved October 3, 2020, https://www.project-disco.org/intellectual-property/080913-social-media-and-copyright-law-in-conflict/

U.S. Copyright Office. More information on Fair Use. Retrieved October 3, 2020, https://copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html