Digital Media vs. Copyright: Summaries

Right now, I am in the process of making an annotated bibliography. This process involves citing my sources in APA format and summarizing them. This is my progress so far:

Ahmad, T. (2009). Intellectual property law in internet. Rochester: Social Science Research Network. Retrieved from

Because of the fast rate that technology is changing, it is becoming an issue by challenging the current legal establishments. The Internet is still being governed by an outdated Intellectual property law. All of these new technologies in this digital era bring up the pressing issue of effective management and organized distribution. Copyright owners of digital work are at risk of losing control of their products on a daily basis and constantly having to find different tools to keep control of their work. The law is starting to be questioned now due to the rising need for order (Ahmad, 2009).

Appleby, L. (2013, Fall). Social media creates copyright problem. News Media and the Law, 37, 25-26. Retrieved from

Sites like Pinterest and Instagram have made it easier for people to distribute unlicensed work to a massive audience. This causes concerns for photographers. Some of these concerns include going unpaid for their work and having their work used/posted on sites that they do not support. Another reason is exclusivity. An example of this is when Sara Lewkowicz, “a grad student at Ohio University”, was following the story of a “man readjusting to life after being released from jail.” Through this transition, her photographs of him became more violent, capturing the physical assault of his girlfriend. These photos were published in Time Magazine and she had “exclusivity agreements with certain publications.” After they were published by Time Magazine, they quickly spread on the internet.
This was a concern to her because she was worried it would affect her agreements with these publications. Although people felt they were giving her exposure as an artist, the reality of it is the more the images spread, the less they are worth (Appleby, 2013).

Harris, L. E. (2012). Copyright law: A refresher. Information Outlook, 16(3), 24-25. Retrieved from

Copyright is the right to copy something. Copyright covers the right to duplicate material, like scanning papers, to perform publicly, such as concerts, to publish material in print or on the internet, to translate a book into a script for movies, and to “translate, publicly communicate, and broadcast (Lesley, 2012). There are five areas of the intellectual property law and copyright is one of them. This law protects works from literary to musical works to films, but it doesn’t protect someone’s idea. Copyright protects an author’s rights to their work and the honesty of the author. Certain exceptions to copyright include the use of materials in libraries and loaning them and educational uses of materials (Harris, 2012).

Long, S. A. (2006). US copyright law: The challenge of protection in the digital age. New Library World, 107(9), 450-452. doi:

The copyright law we have now allows people fair use of any work that has been copyrighted. Fair use lets people make copies of copyrighted work to use for either inspiration or educational purposes, such as making copies of an article for a class (Long, 2006). Fair use was not always in the copyright law, so it is proven that the law can be adapted to fit with the changing times. One issue with changing the copyright law to work with the digital world is that it conflicts with educational needs. Lisa Marie Smith, an assistant librarian, pointed out that with a new law, teachers would no longer be able to make copies of articles or show videos in class and libraries would not be allowed to loan out anything (Long, 2006).


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