Copyright, what do you risk?

According to the law any image, music, film, text, representation or other type of product transmitted with internet, radio, television, shown at the theatre, in stadiums or published in any way is covered by copyright.
Basically the creativity of one or more people who show and publish something is protected.


The copyrights exist even in the absence of any note or claim by the publisher.
On the contrary, the publisher must possess a specific license from the person who created the work.

The law about publishing content in many world countries is very strict.
Anyone who publishes images, music, videos, texts, etc. without a reworking that transforms the content and makes it original, he violates the copyright and can receive a penalty.

The regulations between the most important world nations are different and have different methods of application making it difficult to understand where the limits are.


In Italy, the copyright dispute procedure provides that an authorized body initiates an investigation when it receives a report.

If the investigation ascertains that there is copyright infringement, the offender generally has about 1 month time to remove the publication.
Otherwise the forced removal and the claim for damages are triggered.
In some countries, however, this warning is not sent and the request for compensation is immediately triggered, someone pays, while others turn to a lawyer.

Google's YouTube to prevent disputes has set up a system to automatically monitor movies.
Both the videos uploaded on the platform and those transmitted in streaming are controlled.

When violations are found, Google can act with two different solutions depending on what has been decided by the author of the work.
Block the transmission, or insert ads whose profit will be paid to the copyright holder.

In some states such as Italy it is forbidden to download movies and music, but it is not always forbidden to use the streaming method, if those who spread the transmission do so without profit.
In fact, streaming does not save the work on your disk, but allows you to watch the movie or the event with direct transmission.

The European Court of Justice already in 2017 however stated that copyright is violated not only by downloading a movie, even streaming is a violation.
Not all European countries have transposed, at least for now, this recommendation.
So who watches content, and is aware that who broadcasts is not paying the copyright, does so at his own risk.

Anyone offers the possibility of sharing through peer-to-peer portals music, movies, computer programs, etc. without permission from copyright holders commits an unlawful act.

In some countries, such as Germany and Switzerland, a flourishing business was born for legal representatives of film and record companies.
In recent years they have completely automated a control system that has issued many claims for damages to users.
The automatic system identifies those who practice file-sharing, ie the direct transfer of files between peer-to-peer users.

In Germany, when you receive an abuse warning, it is advisable to contact a lawyer to check what should be done, the sums requested may be very high.
For example, about 200 euro for a single song or up to 3000 euro for a whole album.
Millions of Germans receive a warning letter each year.

Through your IP address and your Service Provider you can be tracked.
Service Providers cannot refuse to communicate data because they would otherwise be involved in the illicit action.

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