Internet Laws And Copyright: What’s Next In The Digital Age?

Posted on Nov 5 2014 - 7:44pm by Editorial Staff


The advent of the internet has been an incredible thing. Many people will attest to the wonder of the internet. But, amidst the excitement, there has been a wealth of laws put in place. This is to ensure that individuals are not affected by copyright and data issues.

The internet isn’t known for being a secure environment. On the contrary, cyber attacks, digital data theft and privacy issues have all come to the fore with the onset of the internet. But, there are ways to keep safe online. What is more, there is now a legal framework in place to ensure that you are not at risk.

The Rise of the Internet

According to popular Lexis Nexis Legal Research, there have been more issues with internet and computers law in the last decade. Legal researchers are compiling even more information to help those with defamation, piracy and copyright issues in the digital age.

Professionals, businesses and individuals are all now finding themselves at the behest of people who are stealing intellectual property. As the information is largely free on the internet, it seems that internet users are not au fait with what they can use and what they cannot.

Images have been manipulated. Large scale documents have been copied. The rise of the internet has lead to more copyright issues than expected.

It has been suggested that a lot of this is due to ignorance on the subject. For others, they know that they are breaking the law. But, with the vast amount of information available, it’s time to get tech savvy. After all, you don’t want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Becoming Technologically Savvy in the Digital Age

Having an awareness of copyright laws as a whole will help you become more technologically savvy in the digital age. Google has been vocal about those who rip off articles and content and claim it as their own.

Being smart is important in tackling this problem. Being aware of copyright issues are fundamental to your success.

Never take images, content or videos without the express permission of the owner. The owner will broadly state that their work is freely available under the creative commons. This means that you can use their work. But, the work must be credited to the original author.

Copyright laws have been updated to ensure that people are not seeing their work ripped off. If you want to use someone’s online material, you can do. But, you need to credit them when you do. What is more, you need to be careful of the information that you are using. While the internet may have a wealth of information within its midst, a lot of it is largely untrue.

Fair Use Policies

Fair use policies have come into force in the last five years. These fair use policies ensure that owners and creators of online material are compensated. This is done in the event that their work is used without their permission.

The tightening of these laws means that more people will be prosecuted if work is used without their permission.

Creative Commons: Flickr

About the Author

Editorial Staff at I2Mag is a team of subject experts.