Copyright and Internet: Two Peas In a Pod


Protecting your creative rights over the internet plays a crucial role in this digital era. Internet copyright plays a pivotal role in easing the accessibility of information sharing over the internet.  

The copyright principles aim to serve the creator’s rights and establish the necessary guidelines to keep up with the ethical and reasonable use of digital materials.  

In this article, we’ll discuss in detail the various aspects of digital principles and how copyright plays an important role in it. We will also discuss the challenges you might even face while navigating through the murky waters of the internet and copyright.  

Copyright is a legal exclusive right possessed by the owner of an intellectual property. Copyright is something that gives you, as an owner the right to copy. You being the owner can only reproduce your work again and nobody can claim it to be theirs.  

Copyright awards you with exclusive rights on your material even if you want to duplicate it and reproduce it differently. However, it is a temporary right and you have to keep renewing it to claim it as yours in the public domain.  

When Does Copyright Protection Begin?

Copyright protection always begins at a federal level and is tangible. However, you should adhere to a proper format to issue the copyright. For example, use the term Copyright with date or year to show the legal validity of the copyrighted item in the present day.  

Berne Convention even prescribed that any work that is created post April 1, 1989, would automatically receive copyright under creation. Those intellectual properties wouldn’t have to necessitate any formal declaration or assertion.  

Hence, the moment you write down your work, copyright protection gets automatically issued upon your material as an author.  

However, there’s a catch. If the original author grants you the rights of the public domain to any other individual, then this action would nullify the overall copyright protection held by the author.  

Things To Get Copyright Protection On

Copyright laws apply all over the internet and it covers all the web pages and their content. These are materials that you should get a copyright on:  

  • Designs.  
  • Links.  
  • Graphics  
  • Original texts.  
  • Audios  
  • Videos and;  
  • Any original element 

Remember, if somebody uses the above materials without your prior consent, it straight up causes a copyright violation. 

Copyright laws are equally applicable all over the internet and they mirror their application in a traditional media form.  

Sharing or even transmitting any kind of copyright content can even be a violation of copyright laws. Unless the copyright holders themselves grant you the right to share those materials, then only a copyright statute limitation is widely applicable.  

Note that the penalty for copyright infringement has its maximum limit of $150,000 for each infringed copyright work.  

Impact of the Internet On Copyright Laws

The Internet has made a significant impact on copyright laws. Let’s see what they are:  

Easy Reproduction and Distribution

The internet enables an easy way to widespread reproduction and distribution of creative works. This might also cause increased instances of copyright infringement. Moreover, unauthorized ways of sharing or even downloading copyrighted material is another one of the significant challenges posed to copyright holders.  

Digital Piracy

The internet is now a strong base for encouraging digital piracy. In this case, copyrighted materials are thereby copied and are distributed without the owner’s permission. Furthermore, other file-sharing platforms and different types of torrent websites even have made it easier for people to access copyrighted content in an unlawful manner. This impacts the revenue generation of different content creators.  

Digital Rights Management

Copyright owners have responded widely to digital piracy and have employed feasible DRM technologies for protecting their digital content. It restricts any form of unauthorized copy and distribution of copyrighted material and raises serious debates on limiting and imposing consumer rights.  

Online Platforms and User-Generated Content Structure

Social media has encouraged the creation of more and more user-generated content. It has posed a severe challenge in determining the concepts of copyright ownership and addressing other sorts of issues in copyright infringement. Individuals even often use different kinds of copyrighted materials without proper authorization.  

The internet presents heated discussions on the scope and applications of fair usage of copyright extensions. Since copying and sharing online content has now become easier, the fair use of these has become more intricate. Sometimes, these legal statutes require several legal interpretations and adaptations.  

The internet has brought us different cross-border challenges that enforce copyright laws. However, there might be even an opportunity for infringements across various jurisdictions. Therefore, proper international cooperation is integral to addressing the problems of copyright infringement spanning across different countries.  

Licensing with New Business Models

The internet is now a great platform for content creators. Copyright holders can now make up different digital licensing models to streamline services. This will provide an alternate revenue stream and distribute materials widely even if it’s copyrighted.  

The internet is now a forum for an increased amount of copyright education. There is a strong sense of awareness that is going around the general public. Hence, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations about copyrighted materials. This in return, would promote any form of lawful use of creative works online.  

Key Principles of Copyright On the Internet

You might even step on a minefield while navigating through the vast world of digital content. Here are some principles that you should definitely know about copyright:  


If you publish original content on the internet, then it is legally protected. Be it a written text an audio or a video. You don’t specifically have to register your work for protection but this is something that applies generally to any creation of an original work.  


The fixation majorly dictates about a particular work to qualify for copyright. You must store your original content into a tangible medium of expression.  

You need to make your work permanent for perseverance. It should not only last for a short period of time but should be permanent in nature.  

Moreover, fixation also allows us to differentiate ideas that are beyond copyright protection.  


This primarily emphasizes the importance of obtaining proper explicit permission from the copyright holder to use up the copyright materials. If you use the copyrighted material without any authorization, then it would create a derivative in works causing copyright infringement.  

Fair Use

This is the most significant component in the world of copyright law. In today’s digital era, this plays an important role in safeguarding and authenticating your work. It allows limited usage of the copyrighted material without the permission of the owner.  

Public Domains and Creative Commons

In this case, the materials you update on public domains are not something that you can restrict in use. As an author, you can publish your work under the Creative Commons License that permits its usage by setting forth specific conditions.  

First Sale

Being an essential part of copyright law, this allows you as an owner to legally acquire your copy of copyrighted work and sell it. You can even dispose it off if you deem necessary. However, th principle might comokucate if you don’t understandv the difference between copying or transferring digital files.  

Linking and Framing

Even though this is not primarily a moving principle copyright violation, if you frame someone else’s copyrighted work on your own site can result in infringement, depending upon the different circumstances presented to you.  

These principles, however, come up with the basic guidelines and the laws vary from one state to another.  

Safe Harbor

This is a key principle dealing with protecting the rights of online service providers from any contract liability. They’ll be saving you from the contract liability of users and other third parties.  

Challenges of Copyright in the Digital Age

The digital age has now come up with significant challenges when it comes to content creation or even distribution. Here are some challenges that you might be facing regarding copyright in the digital age.  

Rapid Content Sharing

With the amount of content getting copied and shared over the internet is huge. This has caused a significant challenge in the digital age. The biggest challenge is when the copyrighted content is distributed and reproduced massively without the knowledge of the original creator.  

Internet Globalization

Internet goes beyond any geographical borders which makes it difficult to maintain any kind of copyright law. It is a significant challenge considering that original work is getting distributed across the country without the fear of infringement. Hence determining the particular jurisdiction of the applicable law can sometimes become extremely stressful.  

Anonymous Methods of Infringement

This acts as a double-edged sword over the internet that not only protects the user’s privacy but it also makes it easier for people to come up with new methods of copyright infringement. It can even be daunting when it comes to taking steps for anonymous infringers.  

Final Thoughts

And there you have it. By the end now you can understand the reality of the title. We hope you found this blog to be extremely informative and useful. However, is there anything we missed out on? Let us know!

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