We have seen a significant uptick in the amount of copyright infringement litigation at our law firm. The reason for this is simple. There is an explosion of authorshipIn the areas of photographs and videos on the internet. Because of this increase in the amount of content,And the ease In which it isTo postPhotographs and videos,The amount of copyright protected works continues to grow at an exponential rate.
It used to be that professional photographers and videographers were the only ones to create this kind of compelling original content. Now, everyone with the cell phone and an Instagram account is posting original work. Not only are people using YouTube to post videos, they are monetizing their video channels. Social media influencers and celebrities acting as influencers contribute to the volume of copyright protected content.
What does the increase in copyright protected works mean?
It means there are more copyright owners out there looking to protect more copyrighted works. Text content, images, copying is rampant. Many people do not understand that they cannot use someone else's photograph or video without permission, especially if it is being used for profit.