IntroductionImages, protection and potential punishments for failing to

IntroductionImages, like most other media can be copied and remade for multiple purposes easily.  Some work that is paid work for example the styling of a certain logo may be copied, or paid photoshoots can be pirated and distributed for free if others have access to the medium or vice versa.  This is actually punishable by the law with either a fine, cease and desist order, lawsuit or even imprisonment.  However there are also copyright free images.  These are images which In this document I will outline the different types of copyright protection and potential punishments for failing to follow those laws in place.Copyright ProtectionCopyright protection or the Copyright Protection Act (1988) is a law which gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the right to control the ways in which their material may be used.  This protects a person from having their work copied by others illegally to gain something out of it (i.e. Money).  A piece of work can be considered copyright protected when an individual or organisation creates a work, and applies to a work if it is regarded as original, and shows a degree of hard work or skill.Examples of images which are generally copyrighted are:Company Logos (Twitch Logo opposite) Clothes designsPoster designsComic drawingsProfessional photographsHand drawn images or paintings.Why is there a copyright law?Copyright protection serves as a way for the original image creator to keep their workings from being pirated or plagiarized.  This means the artist is protected and they can’t be manipulated In many cases, the creator will also have the right to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his work.  Whilst adapting can be at times be a legal act  it would still need to be considerably different from the original for it to be it’s stand alone product  and would also need permission from the original creator before done.If people want to use the work for personal use, they would have to contact the owner.  Sometimes the owner would charge a fee for the work to be privately owned.  They would not be able to use it for any commercial projects.  A commercial ownership would be even more money in either a single time use or a service where the author collects a royalty fee which is a percentage of money made using the work.If the copyright law is broken the original user can take action by requesting a takedown of work  using a cease and desist letter.  This would give the party infringing the copyright of that specific image a set amount of time to stop using the work.  If no resolve happens then the owner can issue a takedown request if it is on a website for example YouTube have copyright strikes which either keep the video up and the original creator gains all of the money, or they can block the video.  However in more extreme cases they can sue the user in court for the profits made on the production.References’Twitch logo’ By Twitch Interactive, Inc. – http://dev.twitch.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Twitch_IntegrationGuidelines.pdf, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39506241

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