Rarely do copyright issues in the design community result from conscious discernment or deliberate acts. More likely, a client provides the design professional with a complete set of drawings to reference as a starting point for design. The design professional does not look for or notice a copyright mark anywhere on the drawings, and does… Continue reading It’s a Matter of Copyright – Design Professionals Should Always Beware
For those who have a website, your domain is one of the most precious things you possess. Due to this fact, optimal consideration and diligence should be applied when working with it. Yet, not every person realizes the procedures that should be undertaken for domain address stability and legal troubles are certain to show up.… Continue reading A Domain Dispute Attorney: When Your Domain Is in Danger
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was enacted in 1998 to update copyright law in matters dealing with the electronic/digital environment. Its principle features focus on limitations on infringement liability for service providers and prohibitions on circumvention of technological protection measures. Online education environments are greatly affected by the act provisions. Educational institutions are generally considered… Continue reading The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Copyright protection on music typically lasts throughout the life of the composer from the time the work was created until death plus another 50 years thereafter or 75 years from publication or 100 years from creation. Let’s make it clear: when you download copyrighted MP3 music, you pay for the privilege of listening, not owning.… Continue reading Royalty Free Music Is Not The Same As Free Music
If you make a short film that includes someone singing “Happy Birthday to You,” until recently you could expect to pay a hefty licensing fee to Warner Music Group – or a heftier fine, if you used it without permission. A class action suit is currently trying to change that. Once, this decision would have… Continue reading Copyright For Non-Lawyers
For those who are unsure about if it is a possibility to change the name on a U.S. copyright, the answer’s yes, and copyright laws are put together so that it really is rather hassle-free to achieve. Indeed, a lot of people convert their own copyrights to get used by a few other persons and… Continue reading How Can I Transfer A Copyright?
Regardless of how you feel about genetically modified crops the Supreme Court is going to hear a case which could affect many future cases in many different industries. The case involves a farmer who paid Monsanto to use their seeds one time, but of course seeds grow into plants which make more seeds and then… Continue reading What Does GMO Seed Patent Law Have To Do With Copyright Law for 3-D Printing
If you are an online article author, perhaps like me, then occasionally you run across your articles after they’ve been ripped off, plagiarized, or outright stolen. Perhaps, when you’ve contacted the content thief, they’ve given you some song and dance about the so-called “fair use” rule in copyright law. Well, it appears to me that… Continue reading Do We Need More Online Education With Regards to Fair Use Copyright Laws?
What, exactly, is a copyright? A copyright is a type of intellectual property protection on certain eligible works. These works include (but are not limited to): Literary Works (books, website copy, articles, short stories, etc.) 2-Dimensional Artwork (painting, photography, graphic design, etc.) Performing Arts (screenplays, lyrics, etc.) Sound Recordings (music, music & lyrics together, recordings… Continue reading What Is a Copyright – And What Isn’t?