How to Protect Yourself from Online Copyright Infringement

Most people don’t think twice about what they put online, but it is important to consider what you’re publishing for the world to see. Safety is one concern, but so is copyright. Many people who put creative work out onto the World Wide Web are shocked when they become victims of online copyright infringement. With the ease of copying, pasting, saving, or taking screenshots, it’s easier than ever before to have your work stolen. If you are a victim of web copyright infringement, it’s time to call on our attorneys at Hutcherson Law. Our Internet law attorneys understand how to defend your rights. Of course, there are also some steps you can take to help protect yourself from future online copyright infringement.

How can I protect my work from digital copyright infringement?

 Copyright infringement has been an issue for ages, but it’s become more rampant in the Internet age. Everyone trades ideas and creations faster than ever before. But sadly, this means that fewer people take the right precautions in properly sharing the work of others. Digital copyright infringement takes many forms, including plagiarism, copying of photos, and even manipulation of domain names. Our attorneys at Hutcherson Law are here to help you. We can help you take legal action in pursuit of your rights.

When it comes to web copyright infringement, it’s best to work at preventing it to begin with. While you can’t control the actions of others, you can work to prevent infringement. This starts by:

Watermarking everything. Watermarks are vital for images, videos, graphics, and other visual mediums. A watermark helps deter unwanted reproduction of your images by letting users know your images are not authorized for reproduction.

Registering the copyright. If you do not actually go through the steps to copyright your creation, you may risk losing your ability to arbitrate if the creation is reproduced wrongfully. Typically, there are guidelines for how much time you must file your copyright. Check with the US Copyright Office for specific regulations on your medium.

Disabling right clicks on your site. Posting images or content on your own website? Consider adding in code to prevent users from using their right click feature. While this won’t deter all copying or unauthorized reproduction, it can help protect your work.

Adding the right information. In images or video, make sure to include your information in the source file. Also consider creating a contact page or leaving contact info near your work. This way, users can contact you to find the proper ways of sharing your creation.

Getting a lawyer. In many cases, an Internet law attorney can help you understand your best approaches to fighting copyright infringement. In a recent case, Grumpy Cat won a $710,001 judgment for copyright infringement. A substantially informative contract, which was breached, was part of what solidified Grumpy Cat’s case. If you’re not sure how to approach your copyright establishment or infringement case, call an Internet law attorney you can trust.

Online copyright infringement can’t entirely be stopped, but with the right approach, you can work to protect yourself. If you are a victim of digital copyright infringement or domain name disputes, please contact our attorneys at Hutcherson Law. A knowledgeable Internet law attorney from our team can help with your case. We work with many instances of copyright infringement. Call us today to learn how we can help you.