Copyright and Copywrong

Posted on: April 12, 2013 by Nettel Media

Category: General

Copyright and Copywrong

With the amount of content and information that is available with a few clicks online, it may seem ideal for small and medium businesses on a budget to create something of their own by  “borrowing” or sampling  of someone else’s content. However, this is not always a good idea.


Celebrities and some of the largest companies in the world have been subject to large lawsuits due to issues with copyright infringement. From Beyoncé, the Beastie Boys, to Apple and ordinary citizens, it seems like many people are being tied up in unintentional copyright lawsuits, and it is sometimes costing them dearly.


Lawsuits are springing up across the world with regards to file sharing and sampling, with many publications expressing resurgence in lawsuits of this type with the popularity of social sharing websites and torrents (small compressed files available for download from multiple servers at one time). An article from lawyers weekly describes the process of copyright lawsuits surrounding file sharing:


Copyright infringement lawsuits are brought against multiple unnamed “John Does.” Once their names are obtained from their ISPs, the defendants are contacted and payment of hundreds or thousands of dollars is demanded in exchange for settling potential litigation.


For example, a producer may have an idea for a story, but it may be borrowed from someone else. If it is not their original idea, the producer is required to gain written consent from the owner of the original idea or risk being a part of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Performer and product lawsuits are common, not to mention other film or audio clips that are not the property of the producer.


These lawsuits are not just limited to film and music copyright issues. Recently, Zach Ward, the bully from the classic Christmas film “A Christmas Story”, has sued the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) for using his image for a board game without his permission. According to ABC News, he gave permission to use his image for a 7’ action figure, but was not aware of the board game. The lawsuit was dropped following an undisclosed financial settlement.


There are many aspects of the video production process that may be subject to a lawsuit. Consequently, it is extremely important that you seek out a trusted, reputable company to create your video so you don’t run the risk of those who did not do their research and due diligence properly. A reputable company will ensure that your video is free of liabilities and copyright infringements.


If you are searching out a company to create a valuable and liable-free video, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be more than happy to help you!




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