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!
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.
Today we're flashing back to 1985 when John Fogerty was sued for infringement of copyright. The catch? He was sued for infringing on himself. Read on for this bizarre tale.
We've started our IP discussions with Trade Secrets and Copyrights but today I want to tackle the basics of Trademark protection. I hear trademark and copyrights getting confused all the time. They're actually very different in terms of what can be protected by each and what the test is to determine whether an infringement has occurred. Let's dive in, shall we?
Copyright Law grants you 6 exclusive rights over the use and distribution of your copyrighted works. To understand the benefits of copyright protection you are provided as the owner, let's take a closer look at what these rights, sometimes referred to as a "bundle of rights" or "bundle of sticks", are all about.
Way back in 1970, George Harrison released his first single, My Sweet Lord, as a solo artist. You've probably heard it before. But did you know he was sued for Copyright Infringement for the song? He was ordered to pay $1,599,987. In fact, he later claimed he never received any money from the song as it's always been in escrow. Read on for the full story.
Most people have a vague understanding of what Intellectual Property (or IP, as those on the inside call it) is, or at least that it exists. But out in the wild I hear the distinct forms of IP classifications used interchangeably, when in actuality they are all very different in terms of what they protect, how they’re formed and how you can enforce your rights as an IP holder.
So first things first, why does it even matter? Well, let’s dive in, shall we?