I have seen many web sites with collections of images that contain a notice similar to the following: If you find an image that belongs to you and you do not want it displayed here, send me an e-mail and I'll remove it immediately.
That may be a pleasant statement, but it shows a serious misunderstanding of copyright law. The law requires that the author of a web site, book, etc. ask permission of the copyright owner before either copying or displaying any copyrighted work. The burden is on the copier to ask permission. It is not the duty of the copyright owner to cruise the internet and ask authors to stop infringing a copyright. In fact, the copyright owner can file copyright infringement litigation immediately on discovering the unauthorized use of copyrighted material.
And, when you ask for permission, do not say "If you do not reply, I will assume you granted permission." (I have actually received many e-mails with such wording!) The only way for a copyright owner to grant permission is to make a statement - either a general statement in his/her terms-of-service webpage or a specific statement in reply to a request for permission - that copying is acceptable to the copyright owner. The default setting (i.e., no reply from the copyright owner) is that there is no permission to copy.
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They were required to implement technology to interpret copyright protection information and to prohibit playing unauthorized copies.
Malaysia's copyright law is Act 332, the Copyright Law of 1987. More information can be found at the link below.
Not well. Copyright law continues to lag significantly behind technology.
The 1994 act is the copyright law of New Zealand; it was significantly updated by the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008.
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Technology would typically be protected by patent law, with the exception of software, which can fall under both copyright and patent.
Copying other businesses' Web information for commercial use is also in violation of copyright law.
Primarily because copyright law had not been significantly updated since 1909 and needed to be amended to allow for advances in technology.
Technology makes transmission of copyright-protected materials cheaper and easier than ever before, meaning that copyright infringement is cheaper and easier as well. Copyright law has never kept pace with technological advancement, so it's often left to the user to try to decide whether a new way of using materials aligns with the intent of the law.
It depends on what you need. For general copyright information, contact the copyright office in your country. For permission to use specific works, contact the rightsholder or their administrator.
IT makes it very easy to duplicate and share materials. However, when the materials are protected by copyright, the act of uploading them is considered copying and distributing, and the act of downloading is considered copying as well. Doing either of these things without permission from the copyright holder is a violation of federal law.