Copyright Alliance Brings Us More News on Protecting Photos and Art

Posted Apr. 22nd, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

The Copyright Alliance has once again alerted me to another fight on the front of protecting your Intellectual Property Rights. Seems there are people out there that are hijacking TV and radio signals, capturing them and then repackaging the content to be sold to buyers on the Internet. This would be something like sending an image to someone via email on a wireless network, a hacker grabs the signal that contains all the data representing your prize image, rebuilds it and offers it for sale to others.

Copyright Alliance protecting your Intellectual Property rights.

Copyright Alliance protecting your Intellectual Property rights.

Wow, what a scam. Can you imagine the guys and gals who shot, edited, produced, wrote and created the Sopranos getting stiffed? Well, OK maybe not the Sopranos, but how about the Titanic or any other major motion picutres? Creative people get paid by selling the rights to the shows, music, art and other content they create. Yea, I know they already make a great living, but that’s not the point. Intellectual property rights allow all creative people to make a living and be compensated for hard work.

A good analogy would be the stock market. Your years of hard work is transformed into cash that goes into the stock market, that cash goes out to make more cash without you having to continue to bust your backside. I think we can all relate to how important the stock market is for making a living without the physical effort. Your money in the stock market is no different than your intellectual property. Can you imagine if financial institutions were allowed to keep your money safe behind their walls but paid you nothing for sending it out for others to use to make money?

So tomorrow National Public Radio is going to have a live radio show discussing this issue.  Below is the text from the email I received. I’ll be listening, I hope you all do as well.

Dear Copyright Advocates,

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Aereo case, which considers whether a service can copy over the air broadcast signals and rebroadcast them for a fee to audiences without paying the creators or broadcasters of the shows. 
Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Eleanor Lackman of law firm Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Shepard LLP who drafted our brief to the court will discuss the case on the NPR show “On Point” tomorrow between 10 am and 11 am eastern. Live questions from callers will be possible in markets where the show runs live, and the show will be available via the NPR website and app.  

We encourage you to listen in and support Eleanor.  

Thank you! Best,

Cecile Remington 

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