As we’ve discussed, generally, if you create a work and it's fixed in a tangible form, you are entitled to copyright protection. But what if you’ve created something as an employee of a company? Or what if you were commissioned to make something for someone else? Who owns the copyright? It gets a little more complicated, especially if you work in the creation of software. Let's learn more about Works Made for Hire, shall we?
There have been many changes to the U.S. copyright laws through the years regarding the length of time copyright protection lasts. And it seems like maybe Mickey Mouse might have a lot to do with why the laws keep changing. Click through to find out more!
I just published my latest Legal Guides for Creatives course on Skillshare, this one is all about how to read a contract and...how to understand it! If you're into that sorta thing. Which you should be.
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There's a thing called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that you're probably more familiar with than you think you are. Maybe you've heard the terms Mediation and Arbitration before? These are the two most common forms of ADR. But what are they exactly? Keep reading to find out!
We've come pretty far in our exploration of the different types of business formation structures. We covered Sole Proprietorships and Limited Liability Companies already and today we're going to explore a new one: Partnerships!
Deep in the boilerplate language of most contracts are two clauses that you might not have given much thought to: The Choice of Law and Jurisdiction provisions. Or maybe you've heard the term "jurisdiction" thrown around in a TV crime drama "this isn't your jurisdiction, detective!" kinda way and wondered what that word is doing in your contract. Let's discuss what these provisions are about and why you should care.
You finally did it. You created your masterpiece. Congrats! Did you register the Copyright? No? Did you put the copyright symbol somewhere on your work? You didn't? Does that mean you're not protected? Let's dispel one of the biggest points of confusion surrounding Copyright protection.
We discussed what a trademark is and what is entitled to trademark protection previously but how does someone acquire trademark rights? Let's dive in deeper here. If you haven't read Trademarks: An Introduction yet, be sure to click over there and read that first to get a handle on the basics.
As you probably know from reading our posts, there are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself and your business. From drafting your own contracts to registering your own copyrights, you can pretty adequately be prepared. But sometimes you just need some help. Don't be intimidated (or ashamed!) if you need to find an attorney (or any other professional for that matter). Here are some tips to help you find and hire the right attorney to guide you.