Intellectual property: author’s rights need to be respected more

Let’s welcome the new week with information about intellectual property!

In recent times, copyright issues, copyright theft, and unauthorized use of copyrights have become increasingly common. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), information is shared and disseminated rapidly. This also creates conditions for unauthorized copyright use to occur in a challenging-to-control manner.

Recently, on June 28, 2022, the Central California Court received a lawsuit against Google from the law firm Doniger Burroughs on behalf of photographer Alexander Stross. The lawsuit alleges that YouTube (owned by Google) did not remove copyrighted images of Stross from videos, even though he had submitted notifications.

It can be seen that in developed countries, especially in the United States and Europe, copyright issues are highly regarded. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, the practice of publicly disclosing and performing works without permission, “plagiarizing intellectual property,” and “free riding” is still very common, whether done consciously or unconsciously. Clearly, awareness and knowledge about intellectual property among individuals and creative entities are very limited, and copyright issues seem to be underestimated.

In light of this reality, specific measures are needed to address copyright infringement. Additionally, widespread information should be provided about the importance of intellectual property in general and copyright in particular to raise awareness and respect for the intellectual property rights of others in the public.

[Note: This text discusses a recent copyright lawsuit involving Google and emphasizes the importance of respecting intellectual property rights.]

[Note: IP Group is an intellectual property consulting firm.]

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