UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law


Claire Demos


The advent of the Internet, combined with advances in accessible digital technology, have altered both the modern photographer’s methodologies and the public’s relationship to images online. Subsequent legislation has not evolved at a comparable pace, leaving copyright owners at a significant disadvantage when it comes to protecting their work in the digital environment. This comment specifically looks at the copyright registration process and subsequent legislation such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which has failed to adequately address the copyright owner’s insurmountable burden when it comes to detecting infringement online. Continuing developments such as the integration of blockchain-based technology into the registration process may be the most effective method to assist copyright owners in monitoring and protecting their work online, bringing the outdated system current.