Should I Copyright My Entire Website? **Attorney Advertising**

Most people don’t realize that in the United States, creative works are protected by copyright law by default. That means that whenever you create something unique in a tangible medium, like website content, it’s automatically owned by you. However, this “default” right may not give you the legal recourse or compensation you desire if someone […]

Copyright Infringement vs Plagiarism: What is The Difference? **Attorney Advertising**

Plagiarism and copyright infringement both involve the misuse of someone else’s work, but in different circumstances and with different consequences. Copyright infringement is the act of using someone else’s work that’s protected by copyright without permission when it’s required for such usage. Copyright protection exists the very moment someone creates a work in a fixed […]

Can I Sell My Copyright? **Attorney Advertising **

Are you the owner of a copyright that you are thinking about selling? The good news is that a copyright is treated like any other personal property, meaning that the owner of a copyrighted work may transfer all, or even parts, of their rights to another person or company. The transfer or sale of copyright […]

Work for Hire Agreements Can Help You Retain Ownership and Copyright Protection Over Work Created for Your Business **Attorney Advertising**

Many business owners utilize the services of independent contractors or virtual workers to create content for their business. Services that are generally outsourced to such workers may include email marketing, blogging, website content creation, the creation of print materials, white papers, formal reports, and more. But, when it comes to the ownership of the materials […]

Can You Receive a Copyright Using a Pen Name? **Attorney Advertising**

Many authors choose to publish their literary works under a pen name in order to remain anonymous.  Throughout history, women have published books under male pen names to hide their gender, while some authors have used pen names to write outside of their established genre.  Others may simply use a pen name to protect their […]

Can I Copyright My Work by Simply Mailing It to Myself? ** Attorney Advertising**

Copyright is a legal protection for “original works of authorship,” which are types of intellectual property that can be expressed in a tangible form, such as stories, music, film, artwork, fashion, architectural designs, software, dance routines, and dramatic performances.  Such copyright protection essentially stops others from misusing or appropriating your work without your permission. You […]

How to Tell If an Older Copyright Has Been Renewed **Attorney Advertising **

Copyright holders today are fortunate in that they do not have to renew registration for their copyright once it’s granted.  Under current laws, a copyright now lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Anonymous works, works created under a pseudonym, or works made for hire are granted copyright projection for 95 years […]

What are the differences between Copyrights and Trademarks?

Well, both copyrights and trademarks are forms of protection for intellectual property, however, they protect different types of assets. A copyright protects original works which include artistic and literary works along with a variety of other original creations. Trademarks, on the other hand, protect items such as words, names, symbols, logos, and other items that […]