Digital Sharing > When does it Become Piracy?
This post is seeking answers from our readers as to when digital sharing becomes copyright infringement. For the most part, I know the answer to this question, and understand fair use, but lately with so many ways to easily capture something and share it with others, I’ve been wondering whether this digital sharing sometimes slips into piracy without realizing it.
For instance, let’s say I take a picture of a newspaper article from the Globe and Mail with my iPhone. Then I paste it into an email and send it off to my aunt who lives in Australia. What if she then forwards that email to God knows who, and this unknown individual then shares it with everyone on the planet? At what point did the creator lose control over the copy? Should people digitally sharing keep their cameras out of the papers and out of the magazines that they read or is this just an eco-friendly re-use of newspaper that will be tossed in the recycling?
Please share with us your thoughts by commenting directly; bonus points to the person who can name the artist in this photograph in the paper of which I took a picture and modified with Photoshop to look, well.. modified.