by . December 5th, 2022

Copyright is serious business. It can be as simple as your uploaded video on social media getting muted due to copyrighted music or something direr, like losing out on millions of dollars worth of royalties just because you didn’t do your due diligence.

A great example of how copyright claims get battled over in court is the fairly recent case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams versus the estate of Marvin Gaye. The late singer’s estate argued that there were identifiable percussive elements of “Got to Give It Up” in the former’s hit song Blurred Lines.” The courts agreed and decided that Thicke and Williams should cough up $5.3 million in damages and pay an additional 50% royalty fee for the song, making it one of the biggest payouts in music copyright history. 

Understanding the basics of copyright law is essential for creators, users, and anyone involved in creating and distributing creative works. For more information on copyright law, check out the infographic below.

Don’t dilly-dally and get yourself and your intellectual property protected today.  


We hope this crash course gets you up to speed on your questions about copyright law. Make sure to follow the tips we’ve laid out so that you and your business don’t get dinged for copyright strikes. Remember that it’s always better to go with original content when in doubt.  

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