It’s a question that has been on everyone’s mind: can a monkey own the copyright to its own selfie? A recent case set out to find the answer. The plaintiff was Naruto, a crested macaque living in an Indonesian reserve. The defendant was David Slater, a photographer who left his camera unattended, only to have Naruto pick it up and snap some (pretty adorable) selfies. So, who owns the copyright to those images? The People […]Continue Reading
Can I Copy and Distribute an Article I Was Featured In?
If you or your company have been featured in an article, you probably want to share it with the world. That’s understandable. But you must be careful how you do it. You do not automatically have the right to make copies and distribute an article just because you were featured or quoted in it. That is true even if the entire article is about you. You still need to get permission from the author or […]Continue Reading
Can I Use This Downloaded Image on My Blog Post?
Many people incorrectly assume that they have the right to use any image that they can find on the internet. For example, they may have done a quick Google image search to find a photo to accompany a blog post. However, those images are still covered by copyright. Even though you can easily download them from the internet, you must secure permission to lawfully use them. It is not enough to simply list the source […]Continue Reading
Can I Copy Just a Little Bit of This Copyright Protected Work?
It’s true that courts can dismiss infringement cases where the alleged use is considered de minimis, which means it was so insignificant that the court would not decide on the case. However, don’t let this trick you into believing you can copy a little bit of a copyright protected work and get away with it. There is no magic amount of content or number of words that you can copy lawfully. The use of just […]Continue Reading
Copyright Tip: I Attributed the Source. Do I Still Need to Obtain Permission?
Many people assume that they are free to use copyright protected materials as long as they provide the proper attribution for the source of the materials. Unfortunately, attribution is not a substitute for securing permission. For business purposes, you must obtain permission from the material’s copyright holders or their agents first before you can lawfully: Reproduce materials Distribute copies of material Prepare derivative materials based upon the work Display or perform the work publicly Otherwise, […]Continue Reading
When Does Joint Authorship Apply to a Copyright
How much do you have to contribute to a creative project to claim joint authorship? Periodically individuals call me and explain that they have been working on a book or a screenplay with a friend, and now they are not getting along due to a dispute over the content of the piece. They want advice on copyright issues and how to resolve the dispute. A great example of a very public dispute involves the authorship […]Continue Reading