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Internet Copyright Law & Internet Copyright Infringement
Internet copyright infringement is rampant on the world wide web.
The scary thing is that you may not even know when someone infringes
on your copyright.
This article provides you with some general information on Internet
Copyright Law and how to protect yourself and your intellectual
property. Please note that this article is for general information
purposes only. For specific advice on Internet copyright law in your
country, please consult the appropriate government authority or a
In the United States, Canada, UK and Australia , your intellectual
property is automatically copyrighted. However, there are steps you
can take to protect your copyright.
Here's what you should do to protect your copyright:
1. Always post a notice on your website pages that includes the
- symbol © or the word “copyright”
- first year of publication
- name of the owner of the copyright (this can be your personal
name, company name or website name ~ as long as it's a name you are
generally associated with)
For example: © 2002 InternetBasedMoms.com
2. Consider registering your copyright. This can get a bit tricky
with a dynamic website whose content is always changing, but try to
register your content on a regular basis.
Find out if it's possible to register your copyright:
USA: United States Copyright Office or use the low cost C-site
copyright protection to simplify the process.
Canada: Industry Canada
UK: Intellectual Property Government Website
Australia: Intellectual Property Government Website
(Would you like to see your country's website added here? Email the
author with the link, if you have it, or send a request to find it.
How to Keep Track of the Copyright Infringement
Unfortunately, with the vast size of the Internet, much of the
copyright infringement that goes on will likely be undetected.
1. Keep an eye on your website statistics. Check the websites that
are giving you referrals. You'd be surprised at the number of
copyright infringers that will use your bandwidth from graphics they
have "borrowed" or they may even link directly to your website.
2. Check your competitors regularly. This will help you with your
marketing plan, but will also help you detect any possible copyright
3. Partner with a few other website owners who are familiar with
your site and be sure to keep an eye out for one another's
intellectual property. Report any possible infringements to your
What to Do When you Find a Copyright Infringement
Remember, you can't copyright ideas...just tangible form of
expression. If someone has duplicated your content or graphics, then
you are likely the victim of copyright infringement. Here's what you
1. Contact the Web host: Look for a place to report abuse and
provide them with the details. Many web hosts will disable a website
that is found to be infringing on copyright. Find out who the web
host is by consulting the WHOIS WHOIS for the domain.
2. Contact the Website Owner: Send them a formal request to remove
your copyrighted work from their website. Give them a certain time
limit (ex. 48 hours) and tell them you will take further action if
they do not comply.
Usually one of the above will solve your problem, but if not,
you will likely have to send a formal cease and desist letter by
certified mail. If you cannot resolve the issue on your own, you may
want to seek legal counsel to help you understand your right and
obligations in your country.