Nov 01 2019
An office jokester emails a funny meme she copied off Google to a colleague. A tourist snaps a picture of a painting in an art gallery and posts it to his travel blog. A teacher prints copies of a recently published Internet article and distributes to his class. A teen reposts his friend’s Instagram picture on his own social media page. To these casual infringers, no harm has been done and there’s certainly no reason to “make a federal case out of it.” But to the copyright owners, these small acts of infringement mean something. Perhaps not enough to justify the expense and time required for a federal claim, but action may be worth pursuing on a smaller scale.