What is Copyright and Privacy?

Copyright & Privacy Issue  February 4, 2013 – 06:02 am

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I am still trying to understand the copyright and privacy issues in the U.S.A. As  a Brazilian, I never felt that copyright holders’ rights were that respected as written law per se.

When I was in graduate school, in southern Brazil, I recall one of my classmates plagiarized paragraphs from somebody else’s work that he found online. It was proven that he did plagiarize. According to policy designed by the Federal University, he should have been expelled from the program, but after saying “sorry”, he was allowed to continue his studies. I don’t think this would happen here, in the States.

The U.S.A has restrictive copyright laws against those who reproduce, republish and redistribute other people’s work as their own. The late activist Aaron Swartz  was accused of stealing 4 million documents from MIT and JSTORS; was convicted and sentenced to more than 50 years in prison and fined four million dollars. One can find whatever they want on the digital culture– access is so easy that some people think that they can own whatever they like. Wouldn’t it be easier to maintain locked websites where people couldn’t violate copyright holders?

Source: rogeriowasilewski

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Have you sent him any invoices

Via regular mail? I would send an invoice certified return receipt requesting payment for the work rendered.
Now in terms of this potential legal battle, it could get a little uncomfortable. HEre's why. What does your contract state specifically about copyrights? Most design contracts the copyright usually goes to the person who you are doing the desiging for, meaning your past employer re...ontract that you signed when you started working for him in terms of rights?
Also, you blatently threatened his business, which in general is not a good idea to do. Small claims court is the proper thing to do as well as a proper letter (not a verbal threat) letting him know that the website needs to be taken down according to such and such law until you are paid for your services, etc....

You have options. You mentioned

A contract, so the first thing you do is contact the person that you dealt with for the commission, point out what your contract was for, and the fact that you are aware the school is now using your copyrighted image.
Be nice, be friendly. Tell them that they are in violation of your copyrights, and you'd be happy to work out a financial arrangement that is beneficial to you so they can c...s the site for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
If you're feeling charitable, you can tell them you are going to now donate all the proceeds from future sales to some charity. Or keep the money.
The minute they give you a hard time, I would let them know that you are going to be contacting the local press on this issue. Because no matter what they say, they are taking advantage of you.

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