What is copyrighted Work?

Social Media, Blogging, and Copyright  February 14, 2013 – 02:01 pm
Northern State University

The first thing to understand is the law is way behind reality.

I’ve seen lots of questions lately about when it’s okay to use someone else’s content, is linking to the original enough, can you copy a post as long as you say who wrote it and give a link to the original?  Here are my thoughts on Pinterest. (Spoiler: I have artistic and legal differences with it.)

The first thing to understand is the law is way behind reality. Almost all intellectual property law is based on the idea that there is something tangible that you can own and attach ownership rights to—like a book, or a poem, or a painting.

Most information on the internet is organic: it changes quickly in both form and content, and is distributed infinitely within minutes. It can be edited over time—sometimes by the author—or with a wiki or a social network site–by the entire community.

This is not something you can cart into a courtroom as Exhibit A. Internet content changes every time someone joins a community, posts a new article, comments, makes a friend, or adds a photo or video. There is no HR Examiner or Facebook page or Twitter, especially Twitter, that you can print out or point to as being one specific thing over time.. The law can’t begin to handle that. The law is like the nuns in the Sound of Music: “How do you catch a wave and hold it down? ”

Source: HR Examiner with John Sumser

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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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