Registering and Enforcing a Copyright

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Copyright law protects the rights of creators in “original works of authorship”. This includes tangible works such as literary, musical, artistic, or other intellectual works. Copyright laws do not offer protection to the underlying ideas in a work. Learn more here.

  • ContentI was an Institutional Author – Can I Claim the Copyright if the Institution Decides not to Publish?

    Many publications are protected through copyright laws once they have been published through either private means or with a company. However, there may be instances where an intellectual item has been created and crafted by an original author that may not be published through any manner.

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  • ContentSafeguards for Copyrighted Books Shared Online

    Since the internet became necessary for most business practices and transactions, this use and interest has spread to other aspects of company and business needs. For those that create manuscripts and books, many authors have started sharing partial or complete works to the public.

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  • ContentCommon Myths Business Owners Have about Copyrighted Material

    Many persons that use and reproduce copyright material believe that there are several instances where it is fine to include the exact information or to create something from the source.

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  • Content3D Printed Products - Copyright Issues

    3D printed products often exist through a design with software for the printer that may receive protections from copyright laws due to the design itself. In these instances, the printed product may only happen legally when the person printing it purchases a license or the design to create an item from the printer.

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  • ContentFair Use of Copyrighted Works

    For those who have ever engaged in creative pursuits, the term “fair use” is often greeted with equal measures of delight and disdain. Fair use is an important part of copyright law that provides some flexibility for how copyrighted works can be used by others. In essence, fair use ensures that there are some kinds of uses that do not require someone to obtain permission or pay licensing fees to use certain works in certain ways.

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  • ContentApp Developer Use of Copyrighted Work - Legal Issues

    Depending on what the developer plans to do and if the copyrighted material is his or her own work, it is possible to use copyright content in the application. Additionally, there are certain provisions for using copyright materials in various other mediums depending on the application and why the information is necessary.

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  • ContentArt, Architecture, Websites, and Music: Copyright Protects More than Words

    Copyright is well-known for protecting words, works of authorship and screenplays, but the same protections are available for works of art, architecture and even music. The copyright itself is sometimes automatic, and the person attempting to use copyrighted material must obtain permission nor a license from the owner or engage in fair use.

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  • ContentUsing an Artist's Copyrighted Work - When Do I Need Permission?

    There are certain times when a person needs to contact and communicate with the owner of a piece of art to acquire permission to use the art when it has a valid copyright attached to the work. In these instances, fair use may come up and how to appropriately apply fair use or in acquiring permission from the artist for use.

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  • ContentSafe Harbor Provisions for Copyright Infringement

    Copyright infringement is easy to accomplish in the age of the computer and electronics. However, finding a safe haven through various provisions and stipulations is necessary for many that are wading through the various copyright protections so that they are able to remain safe from violations, infringements and breaking Internet Service Provider contracts.

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