One of the hallmarks of the Internet, in the United States, has been that since
the copyright laws were undefined that anything could be put up. Since 1999,
this has been gradually changing and in 2013 many of these "undefined" standards
were defined. In the process of defining what the copyright laws were on the
Internet, the United States also gave validity to the three basic forms of
copyright statuses that a graphics (an image computer generated, scanned, or
loaded into a computer via a photographic device), music, and the written word.
The concern with these new standards is that they help catch up the United
States with the rest of the world. It also sets a standard of what the new codes
of conduct on the Internet by one of the entities in the world that loves law
suits (all individuals within the United States). Individuals in the words of
the US Law applies to any US Citizen, US National, Corporation, or individual
that contacts an entity in the US to represent them. Each of these have had more
lawsuits within the US boarders than anywhere in the world each year for almost
every year in the 20th century. This fact is to show the scope and importance in
knowing what your rights are on the Internet.
As a respected lawyer of Music Eternal stated, "Ignorance is no excuse in the
eyes of the law." This information is to empower you so that you will be able to
protect yourself in the world of copyrights.
OOn the Internet, a person could post anything they wanted in terms of text,
graphics, and music. As long as there was no claim of ownership then the person
was in the clear. This was the case as there was no true definitions to what the
rights of ownership were on the Internet. This has now changed and applies to
anything put on the Internet regardless if it is an official website, blog,
social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc), any file sharing site,
peer-2-peer networks, or any medium that holds files (including sites like
Flickr, Digg, Soundcloud, etc.). The laws are set up where these sites are at
the risk of their uses, but the users are bound by the Terms Of Service,
Governing Pages, or other pages that define what the user's rights are.