If you created a song, book, photo, painting, website, or just about any other type of creative work then you should understand the basics of copyright law. Learn the principles of copyright registration, the basics of copyright ownership, simple steps to protect software and websites, and many more tips to guarantee your rights in your work.
Who Owns the Rights to a Copyright?
The creator of a copyrighted work does not always own the copyright to that work. In some cases, an assignment or transfer can "give" other persons or entities ownership of the copyright.
Should I Copyright My Writing or Artwork?
Copyright protection can be useful for artists, writers, and other creators.
Software and Application Development Agreements: Protect Your Copyright
Software development agreements are important for clarifying your rights and obligations.
Ten Legal Tips for Songwriters: Credits, Copyrights, and Coauthors
Songwriters are often ill-prepared to handle the many business and legal issues that arise in their work. These issues can be critical for a musician's success.
How to Register Copyright for a Software Application
Learn how to copyright software using Form CO.
Copyright Infringement: How Are Damage Amounts Determined?
Money damages in copyright infringement actions are commonly awarded under three legal theories: actual damages, profits, and statutory damages.
Joint Copyright Ownership Versus Collective Work: Understanding the Difference
“Joint works” and “collective works” are categories that receive somewhat different treatment than individually created works under the U.S. Copyright Act
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How Do We Legally Record Cover Songs?
My band is recording an album of cover songs. We know we have to list all of the original writers and owners of the songs, but what else do we need to do before the album is released?
Why self-mailing won't get you the copyright protection you need.
How Do I Protect My Unpublished Cartoons From Being Copied?
Cartoonists, like all media creators, should take steps to protect their intellectual property.
Placing a Copyright Notice on Software
Software code is protected by copyright, much like other written works. A copyright notice should be used for all distributed software.
How Can I Protect My Video Game From Copying?
If you design a game, what prevents someone else from coming along and copying it?
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