What Is a Copyright Search?

Some law firms will perform copyright searches in an attempt to learn whether an image or work might infringe someone’s copyright. Copyright searches aren’t like other IP searches. Trademark searches are performed to see if a potential mark is likely to be registered or face obstacles during prosecution. Patent searches are performed to see if… Continue reading What Is a Copyright Search?

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Song Copyright – How Songs and Music Are Protected by Copyright

1. The Copyright Office Does NOT “Copyright” Your Work Most people misunderstand how copyrighting songs and music really works. For instance, getting a copyright for your music has nothing to do with the copyright office. Even the Copyright Office explains this in their information booklet, Copyright Basics (page 3): “The way in which copyright protection… Continue reading Song Copyright – How Songs and Music Are Protected by Copyright

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Copyright Solicitors and Issues of Intellectual Property

Many people wrongly assume that intellectual property and copyright is identical. However, while they do have significant overlaps and are undoubtedly related, if you speak to specialist copyright solicitors, they will be able to explain the differences. This article looks at how they relate to each other and why it is important to understand the… Continue reading Copyright Solicitors and Issues of Intellectual Property

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Copyright Part One: The Definition of Protection for Creative Works

Intellectual property is a work or invention that is the result of creativity to which one has rights and which one may protect. A copyright is a way by law to protect a writing, for example, whether it is published or not. The U.S. Copyright Office designates copyright protection for “… original works of authorship… Continue reading Copyright Part One: The Definition of Protection for Creative Works

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A Good License Agreement for Your Music

Many amateur composers fall victim to a badly drafted licensing agreement that totally stomps on their right over their royalties and possible million dollar career. This scenario does not only affect songwriters but also musical composers for movies and televisions. They write songs and produce music. The record company or the movie and television company… Continue reading A Good License Agreement for Your Music

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Current State of Copyright Awareness in Education

Many scholars believe that the rate of frequent copyright infringements among students and other users of copyright materials in academic environment is an indication that the awareness of copyright is still extremely low, especially, today that technology has made it easier to photocopy, plagiarize and pirate other peoples materials. This shows that there is little… Continue reading Current State of Copyright Awareness in Education

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