UPDATED ON JANUARY 5th, 2020
The Copyright Act protects artists by giving us exclusive rights to create/produce our own work. Violations of the Copyright Act include, but are not limited to, copying or changing our work in any capacity, making illegal copies, scanning, printing, or making screen shots from our website or social media, and/or posting any of our work on any of your social media platforms, or anywhere else. It is strictly prohibited to email, text or exchange any of our work, photographs or information from our site to/with anyone without our written consent. It is illegal to copy or reproduce any of our work without our written consent and violaters of this Federal Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties. It is also illegal to use any of our work for any reason or in any capacity without a written contract whereby we consent to the transfer of our work's copyright(s).
By Law, any work that we design, immediately has the copyright attached to it and its owner. As owners of the images and/or any work that we create, it is our right to maintain complete control over the quality of our work. Any type of reproduction done illegally or outside of our office(s), could result in not only a lower quality of work than what our clients expect, but it could also tarnish our reputation in the industry. By doing so, you will be devaluating our work, and as such, you will be subject to fines of up to $50,000 for Copyright Infringement.
Section 302 of the Act extended protection to "a term consisting of the life of the author and fifty years after the author's death."
Section 106 granted five exclusive rights to copyright holders, all of which are subject to the remaining sections in chapter 1 (currently, sections 107-122):
the right to reproduce (copy) the work into copies and phonorecords,
the right to create derivative works of the original work,
the right to distribute copies and phonorecords of the work to the public by sale, lease, or rental,
the right to perform the work publicly (if the work is a literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pantomime, motion picture, or other audiovisual work), and
the right to display the work publicly (if the work is a literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pantomime, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, motion picture, or other audiovisual work).
The Act was amended in 1995 to include a sixth exclusive right: the right to perform a sound recording by means of digital audio.
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