Online media distribution has become big business in recent years. For example, Apple sold 10 billion songs on its iTunes platform between April 2003 and February 2010, an average of 46 songs per second. So far in 2012, Amazon.com has sold 14% more e-books than traditional paper books. These and other online digital media stores allow individuals and companies big and small to distribute their creative works worldwide. However, the ease of copying electronic files also turns digital media stores into excellent opportunities for the unscrupulous to turn a quick, dirty payday. Numerous creators, typically lone individuals and small start-up companies, are seeing their works copied wholesale by plagiarists and sold in digital media stores.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on November 28, 2012. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Castree III, Sam, "Why the Rise of Online Digital Media Stores Means Trouble for the DMCA" (2012). AELJ Blog. 16.