Music piracy is probably something you have heard a lot about in California. However, it can be a confusing topic. You may not be completely clear on what it actually means. Could you be guilty of it? If you do not know what it is, then the chances are good that you may have actually done it at some point. In order to avoid possible legal issues, it is essential for you to understand fully what it is and how to ensure you do not do it.
In this age of social media and sharing everything online, you may be concerned about the security of your copyrighted information. If you publish something online, do you lose your copyright protection? How does copyright work for online content? Copyright still is available and valid even when work is published online. The same rules apply just as if it were published in print in California. So, how can you or anyone else use information you find online without violating protection rights?
The internet is a great place to expand your business and connect better with customers. Some companies operate solely online while others may use an online presence to boost their brick and mortar business. Regardless of how a business operates in regards to the internet, if it has anything online, then it is essential for the business owner to understand how to protect the company's intellectual property.
The internet has been tricky for lawmakers because of its inherent nature. It is difficult to police something so large and versatile. The technological aspects only make this more difficult. However, the federal government and some local governments have worked to put laws in place to protect U.S. internet users, including those in California.
Internet usage is at an all-time high. Most people in California and across the country use it every single day, multiple times a day. It is used for recreation, business and financial reasons. With this rise in internet use, comes a rise in internet crime. Like any innovation before it, people have learned to use the internet to commit crimes. Unfortunately, as Government Technology notes, the law has not quite caught up to the internet criminals.
When you use the internet in California, you are not in some lawless space where your actions carry no consequences. There are actually plenty of laws governing the internet and your activity when you are online. It is important for you to understand these laws, so you do not face penalties or legal action against you.
Protecting your intellectual property in California has gotten a bit more difficult as technology has advanced. The internet has opened doors to allow people to easily copy and reproduce your material without permission. At Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, we understand that protecting your property is essential to ensuring only you are able to profit from what is rightfully yours. However, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the laws and on the risk because they both are constantly changing as technology evolves.
The internet is a huge non-tangible thing that has taken over the world. Even though you are using it in California, you may be looking at content that was created half-way around the world in another country. This leads to many questions about how law is maintained on the internet. In the United States, the Department of Justice states that various law enforcement agencies at all levels help to monitor the internet and keep it from total anarchy.
Any information that a person in California puts online becomes public information. Even with security and privacy tools being used, this information is still available to anyone who really wants it, including, in many cases, law enforcement. In fact, the use of the internet, specifically social media, by law enforcement in the investigation of crimes has become rather popular. According to Small Business Trends, detectives are routinely using social media to gather clues and evidence to use against criminals in court.
Spam is when someone sends an email to a person who has not asked to receive it and who has no established relationship with the sender. The California legislature has enacted a law to ensure that consumers are protected against spam. Anyone found breaking this law can be sued by anyone they send spam to, as well as by the Attorney General or email providers involved. Violators may be charged with a misdemeanor and may face up to six months in jail, along with being ordered to pay fines, fees and/or restitution.