Virginia Beach, VA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Virginia

Q: Is distribution on content illegal if pictures are printed out and used in divorce court? is copyrighted and I feel like this falls in intellectual rights violation. My soon to be ex husband and his lawyers presented images of my content without knowledge or consent.

1 Lawyer Answer
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: It is true that the photo/video content on the platform is the subject of copyright, and that the creators and the platform can assert their exclusive right to distribute the content. If one were to print the content and sell or redistribute it commercially, that would be an actionable infringement. However, it would be fair use (not infringing) to print or reproduce a single copy to be submitted as evidence in a court case.

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