Infringement or Informative?

When searching the web for “copyright infringement rules” you’re give a plethora of results. About 1,350,000 results to be exact. For someone who is searching for the “rules” of copyright-infringement; good luck. This search brings up pages and pages of results. While the initial Wikipedia definition of copyright infringement is pretty good of explaining what it actually is, it doesn’t explain how to avoid it. For that answer one would have to go much deeper into the article. So my question becomes, is this information as easily accessible as it should be? YouTubers and bloggers around the world are given take-down notices for using content that is supposedly breaking copyright-infringement rules but how are we, normal everyday people, supposed to know what these rules are off the top of our heads? Seitz discusses briefly how a lot of companies are including their watermark in the works, just incase it is used. Shouldn’t this be enough? This obviously proves it’s not something I created on my own and am trying to steal. But contrary, there are video editing services to counter and take out the watermark. To which I have to say; haven’t we all seen the big movies or shows that people put on the internet? Obviously we aren’t trying to steal it, it’s already been made and our friends know it wasn’t made by us.

With this being said, another point that raises some questions for me is how does YouTube actually catch every single person who supposedly don’t follow all of the copyright infringement rules? There is no way to catch absolutely everyone who doesn’t follow all of the rules and as technology progresses and more and more people get on the internet, this may become a loosing battle for movie producing companies. Me personally? I could probably post something online with all of the copyright rules broken and no one would ever know because I’m not a huge presence on the internet. If someone else were to do this, like Kim Kardashian or Kanye West, they’d be busted immediately.






2 thoughts on “Infringement or Informative?

  1. I agree! It’s not as if people on YouTube are claiming to have written these movies. Yet, they are given take-down notices because movie studios would rather you watch these movies in a way where they’ll receive their cut. We saw this happen in the music industry with streaming. Some artists have accepted that technology is changing. They allow their music to be streamed. Some artists resist. Taylor Swift doesn’t allow any of her music to be streamed. At some point, artists, movie studios, and everyone else must accept that once they put it out in the world, it is no longer theirs alone. They have chosen to share it and now we are able to share it as well.


  2. There will always be a kind of “arms race” between copyright holders and those who wish to circumvent copyright protections. Some of that has to do with criminals just needing more powerful ways to break the law. But a considerable amount of what’s going on today, and which is somewhat new in this kind of “race,” is people who do not want to wait for the legal battles to wind their way through the system. These people are activists who are willingly breaking (flaunting?) the law in order to bring unfairness (perhaps even injustice) to light in the public eye. But perhaps it ends with the same conclusion, that they are perceived as criminals as well.


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