"To promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts, by securing for limited time to Authors and inventors the exclusive Right to their respective writings and discoveries."
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8
Copyright has been an issue ever since the second smartest neanderthal man copied the specs for the wheel. Today the issue presents itself daily both in the news and in our workplace. This article will be focusing on the issues concerning digital copyright and how it applies to Flash designers.
This will be done by looking at the US Copyright Act and the recently enacted Digital Millenium Copyright Act to see how they concern the Flash Developer. We are using the American legislation as a base as it is leading the global discussion on the topic. Although there will be minor differences in copyright laws between nations, all signatories to the Internation Digital Copyright Treaty will share a common theme.
But before we continue it is important to note that this article is not legal advice and should not be taken as such. For legal advice please contact your lawyer or the Copyright office in your country. This is merely an article aimed at educating Flash designers about the concepts of copyrights.
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