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Old 01-03-2008, 08:48 AM
Blogger Man
 
Default The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?

The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?

The US Copyright Law grants rights to individuals for the works
they create. The US Copyright Act of 1790 has changed over the years.
The current basis of US copyright law is based on the Copyright Act of
1976. US copyright law is relatively automatic. Once someone has an
idea and produces it in tangible form, the creator is the copyright
holder and has the authority to enforce his exclusivity to it. In other
words, the person is the owner of the creation. It is not necessary
that a person register their work. However, it is recommended and it
can serve as evidence if someone ever violates a copyright. It is
interesting to note that when an employer hires an employee to produce
a work that the copyright is given to the employer.

Violations of US Copyright Law are generally enforced in a civil court
setting. However, there could also be criminal sanctions brought
against someone who violates US copyright law. Someone in serious
violation of US Copyright Law, such as counterfeiting, can find
themselves on the inside of prison looking out. People need to
understand the copyright symbol is not a requirement. Someone may have
a copyright, yet their work may not have a copyright notice or symbol.


US Copyright Law covers a wide range of things that are derived from
artistic _expression_, intellectual or creative work. This includes
things such as literary works, music, drawings, photographs, software,
movies, choreographic works such as ballets and plays, poems, paintings
and more. The law covers the form of _expression_, not the concept, facts
or the actual idea of the work. This means that someone can use another
person?s idea or concept and produce their own take on it. However,
copying another person?s work is a violation. some things may not be
copyrighted but they may be protected by a patent or trademark.


Individuals who have a copyright on a particular piece of work can do
with it what they will. They may choose to copy it and sell it. They
may display their work or perform it in public and charge admission, or
they can assign or sell the work to someone else. Individuals who have
a copyright can also choose to do nothing with their work, if that is
their desire. However, if someone comes along and takes the work and
tries to use it in some way, that person is still in violation of the
owner?s copyright. Copyrights cover published and unpublished work.


Anyone who is in the creative arts arena should be very careful that
they do not violate US Copyright Law. For that matter, anyone who is a
fan of the creative arts should make sure they are not in violation of
a copyright. Simple things like uploading, downloading and sharing
music or movie files can result in serious charges and fines being
brought against them. The popularity of the Internet and file sharing
software has increased copyright violations. Copyright owners are
starting to take a stand against copyright violators and are hunting
down the perpetrators. Be careful you are not overstepping your
boundaries and violating someone?s copyright law.



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Old 01-03-2008, 09:04 AM
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Default The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?

Blogger Man wrote:
> The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?
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Sorry ... this user has been removed

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

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Old 01-03-2008, 09:10 AM
Fajar Priyanto
 
Default The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?

On Thursday 03 January 2008 17:04:30 Johnny Hughes wrote:
> Blogger Man wrote:
> > The ticket clinic, What Is U.S. Copyright Law?
>
> Sorry ... this user has been removed
>
> Thanks,
> Johnny Hughes

Nice move
He surely doesn't know anything about GPL.
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