A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted by government for a limited time to regulate the use of a particular form, way or manner in which an idea or information is expressed. Copyright may subsist in a wide range of creative or artistics forms or "works". These include literary works, movies, musical works, sound recordings, paintings, photographs, software, and industrial designs. Copyright is a type of intellectual property. Copyright law only covers the particular form or manner in which ideas or information have been manifested. It is not designed or intended to cover the actual concepts, facts, styles or techniques which may be embodied in or represented by the ideas or information. You need a copyright attorney to provide copyright protection.
Copyright and peer to peer (P2P) file sharing
On several web sites, ads are placed like the following:
The owners of the sites claim the following concerning copyright:
"There are currently millions of users downloading and trading files legally on file-sharing networks.
You can, for example, legally download music from over 850 bands and over 20,000 live concerts but also have
access to multiple software titles and games. File sharing has enabled music fans from around the world to build the largest library of recorded music in history. File sharing is not illegal as long as you obey and comply with all relevant copyright laws. Sharing copyrighted material without the permission to do so is illegal."
The "Betamax" ruling is seen as making file sharing legal. The articles below provide more detail on this.
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