Northern Illinois University Law Review
In 2019, the Supreme Court has settled a long-standing split issue among the Circuit Courts. The issue revolved around the interpretation of the word “registration” with the Copyright Office in order for a copyright owner to be able to initiate a copyright infringement lawsuit. However, the now settled precedent has presented challenges to the ever-evolving internet world and those who use it to create, advertise, and share their digital content. Digital photographers, specifically, have found this registration requirement inefficient when it comes to sharing their work on social media platforms, such as Instagram or Facebook, where copyright infringement in the form of content theft is easy to do at the click of button on a computer or even a smartphone. Thus, this paper aims to note how the recent Supreme Court decision in Fourth Estate Pub. Ben. Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC has affected digital photography and the available plausible solutions that may gap the bridge between the legal requirements and the internet world through such technology such as blockchain and crypto technology, that may even lead to less copyright infringement.
College of Law
"Comment: Copyright Registration: Fourth Estate Implications for Photographers in the Modern World,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 43:
2, Article 5.
Izabella Kanoza, Comment, Copyright Registration: Fourth Estate Implications for Photographers in the Modern World, 43 N. Ill. Univ. L. Rev. 220 (2023).