Copyright Infringement in Social Media
Online exposure is a double-edged sword. Uploading one’s art to social media sites like YouTube and Facebook can provide a critical boost of visibility for a local artist, filmmaker or band, but there is always the risk of having one's material pirated.
In the online world, creators of intellectual property are fighting two battles. The first with fans who want to share their favorites with others, or who want to ‘riff’ on an artist’s work by modifying it. Those fans may or may not know they are violating copyright. Often the first step in protecting your art from misappropriation is to inform fans of its protected status and to warn of the consequences of violating copyright law.
The second battle is with underground websites and file sharing networks like BitTorrent who wish to pirate the works of others. This is a much bigger and much harder to fight. The victims of this kind of online infringement are typically companies that have copyrighted music, developed gaming software, or produced and distributed movies and videos. Online piracy networks usually operate across national jurisdictions, making it much harder to bring them to justice.
Webwise Dallas Social Media Attorney
Norred Law, PLLC, has helped a number of businesses create a secure space for their online intellectual property, e.g., blogs, podcasts, illustrations and recorded audio and video. Dallas social media attorney Warren Norred has been at the forefront of social media infringement and misappropriation cases. He advises clients on ways they can use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other federal and state laws to protect material on Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google+ and other websites.
If you have been the victim of copyright infringement or misappropriation of your creative work online, contact our office to learn more about your options for legal action.
Who Owns the Online Creative Social Media Content?
When material is posted to, or shared on a website, who owns that material? The creative talent who made the material? The owner of the website where it is posted?
Suppose that material was made by one artist and then modified (or not modified) by another person before being uploaded to a website. Who is responsible for the infringement of intellectual property rights? The website owner? The poster?
Internet law is a unique field of law that few law firms have entered into. The rules for untangling such disagreements are different from disputes in the brick-and-mortar world. Mr. Norred is experienced in handling IP disputes involving social media outlets and other online properties.
Reputation Management, Online Libel And Defamation
Reputation management is a growing part of our law practice. Though not strictly considered an intellectual property issue, a person’s reputation can be viewed as property that can be damaged. Personal attacks are on the upswing and so are lawsuits regarding defamation (which includes both libel and slander) and attacks on one's reputation or the reputation of a business. Learn more about how we assist clients with defamation litigation.
Protect Your IP Rights Online and Offline
Work with an experienced copyright and trademark infringement lawyer at Norred Law to ensure your creative work is protected both online in the “real” world. Contact us online or call 817-704-3984 to schedule a consultation via Skype, over the phone or at our Arlington office, Southlake office, Weatherford office, or Dallas Office.