Von Glitschka explains that infringement is the central component of all copyright issues.
- [Instructor] In 2002 I started my own design firm, Glitschka Studios. Between then and now my artwork has been infringed upon over 450 times that I've been made aware of. That's a conservative number because it's probably happened more than that and I just never discovered it. Frankly I stopped counting several years ago and now just deal with it whenever I'm made aware of an infringement. I say that because I don't go looking for those who are infringing upon my copyrighted artwork.
I'd rather spend my time creating new art like this instead. Most often I find out about an infringement from a person who notices my work being used by an individual or a company and they simply email me to let me know about it. Infringement is the central theme in context of copyright. And this subject matter isn't new. It's been happening for a very long time. In fact the copyright clause was incorporated into United States constitution in 1787.
So we have a constitutional right to protect our work. Here's an ad from 1906 offering copyright services to protect your work from pirates. Anyone who shares their work online will eventually at some point have to deal with pirates. What is a pirate you may ask? Well it's those who are willing to infringe upon your work and use it without permission. Let me show you an example.
So I created this artwork back in 2006 and I received an email one day, and the email said "Hey I saw that "owl design you did, it's on this website." I went to the website, saw how they were using it, and I simply contacted this vendor via Facebook and asked them to remove it and they did. That was an easy one to handle. Now the same artwork was infringed upon by another website, I couldn't get a hold of whoever controls this website, so I had to go to a secondary service called "Who is Hosting This?" And I'll show you this in an upcoming movie, but I found out who the host was for this site, and then sent them an official DMCA takedown notice, notifying them of the infringement in which case they responded and agreed to remove it.
I've responded to hundreds of these types of situations. And simply put, infringement isn't fun. So this course is geared to make your response to infringement easier so you can resolve them a lot quicker and get back to the work you'd rather be doing. So talking about copyright issues can run the risk of being very dry and potentially boring. So to keep it simple and informative I'm going to hopefully make it a little fun as we move forward.
- What's a copyright?
- What can you copyright?
- Registering a copyright
- How long does a copyright last?
- What's derivative work?
- Responding to infringement
- When to contact a lawyer
- Common copyright misconceptions