How to Remove Copyrighted Content

There’s no denying that the ease of sharing has changed the Internet. The ease to which one can copy/paste or right click and save an image to save on their own blog is too hard to ignore.

This has given rise to a new problem that especially concerns content creators: sharing of copyrighted content without credit or fair compensation.

Sharing copyrighted content is no joke with fines that can go up in the hundreds of thousands but it’s also a white collar crime that’s offten hard to detect. In fact, most small-time publishers are almost counting on that.

They never believe their tiny blog or website will be taken to court over a couple of images. And they’re not completely wrong. The likelihood of being taken to court, with thousands in legal expenses, is, frankly, small.

However, with new services popping up like Copyright Crackdown to remove copyrighted content, this number is sure to go up. For example, Copyright Crackdown promises to monitor copyright infringement and report it to content creators.

So, if you’ve been sharing unzuthorized copyrighted images, be warned. Spending a few dollars for a legitimate license to use the images may save you thousands in the long run.


Who Owns My Nude Photos?

If you have a cell phone, you’ve likely snapped a nude photo of yourself or your significant other. And you aren’t alone. According to new research, attention craving nude celebrities aren’t the only ones to bare all in front of a mirror.

But what happens when those photos leak? The law makes it very clear that the person who took the photos owns the copyright on them.

So are you out of luck if an ex is threatning to leak said nude photos? The good news is the law also makes it extremely clear that extortion is a crime. This should be reported to your local authorities immediately to be dealt with.

First Sale Doctrine: Omega vs. Costco

The  Omega vs. Costco case was one in which luxury watchmaker Omega filed a copyright lawsuit against retail giant Costco over so-called “gray market goods.

Omega would sell the watches to authorized distributors, from there third parties would buy the watches and sell them to a New York company that would then sell the same watches to Costco. Omega claimed it didn’t authorize the watches for sale in the United States and sued for copyright infringement under 17 U.S.C. §§ 106(3) and 602(a).

However, Costco maintained that the first-sale doctrine precluded any infringement claims against them.

At first, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the first-sale doctrine, which would relenquish Omega’s copyright control once it sold the watches, didn’t apply to goods that were purchased overseas.

However, a district judge later ruled in Costco’s favor saying the first-sale doctrine didn’t apply and Omega was misusing the copyright law to hike prices in the United States.

The Seamaster watch was routinely sold for $1,599 at authorized US retailers, but Costco, which had purchased them at a discount, was selling them for less than $1,300. Costco was awarded nearly $400,000 in attorneys’ fees.