Does copyright protection cover digital content?

In many cases, it is easy to copy online content, such as digital photographs and text. As such, you may wonder if it is possible to copyright your online content and prevent others from using it without your permission. In most cases, you may protect your digital content from unauthorized use. If someone copies and re-publishes your original content without your permissions, these actions often constitute a copyright violation. In most cases, your content falls under standard copyright protection, no matter where in the world you created and published it.

According to FindLaw, copyright law tends to treat digital content in the same manner as traditional offline content. That means the law usually considers it a copyright violation if someone copies or publishes your work without getting your permission. In the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act specifically states that copyright protection extends to online digital content. While you may want to place a copyright notice on your website or watermark your digital images, you do not have to do so to protect your content from unauthorized use. As soon as you create an original work and publish it online, copyright protection may begin. If you create a digital version of your original non-digital content, both forms have copyright protection.

There are some situations that allow others to copy your work without violating copyright protection. I most cases, a person may publish small portions of your work for use in a news story, critical review, or educational content. For example, a critic may use a quote from your e-book in his or her review of it. Most courts consider this sort of action acceptable under "fair use" doctrine.

This information on digital content and copyright protection is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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