Photo Attorney

Dec 29, 2008

You FORGOT that it was illegal?

The Chicago Tribune reports on the attempts to stop music piracy. One student stated that downloading music illegal is so common that "I kind of forgot that it was illegal." What???

Get even more discouraged by talking to a few people under 30 about downloading photography - they probably have never realized that it's illegal. But when asked whether they would steal a pack of gum from a store, they reply, "of course not!"

What can you do? Make your New Year's resolutions to:

(1) Protect your photos through registration,

(2) educate through users/viewers copyright notices (check out Andrew Zuckerman's notice), and

(3) prosecute infringements - even if it's only a DMCA take-down notice or a cease and desist letter.

Here's hoping for a better 2009!