Copyrights

See how copyrights can protect your creative work, and know how to handle infringements, license agreements, and more.

Copyright vs. Trademark: What's the Difference?

Copyright and trademark overlap, and learning to unwind those overlapping rights is a great way to explain what each one protects.

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Understanding the Copyright Registration Process

Registration is not required, but registering a copyright can have important advantages, including allowing you to sue others for copyright…

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Attention songwriters: Protect your valuable assets with a Copyright

You must register a copyright for your song to assert your songwriter rights and prevent someone from copying or performing your music without your…

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How to Copyright A Movie or Short Film

You automatically hold copyright to your movie or short film from the moment its created and put into a fixed form. But registering your copyright is…

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What is Creative Commons? 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your Creative Commons questions here.

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Avoid Infringement by Getting Copyright Permission

Need to reuse someone else's creative work?

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How to Copyright a Book

You can register a copyright for your book by submitting your registration electronically, or by mailing in a print application.

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What Are Derivative Works Under Copyright Law?

Find out what constitutes a derivative work and how it's protected by copyright law.

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The State of the “Fair Use” Defense in the Art World

The great French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin once said, “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” More than 100 years later, this…

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What to Know About Rights of Publicity

Bette Midler sued Ford Motor Company for featuring an impersonation of her voice. Jeffrey Sarver sued the creators of The Hurt Locker for allegedly…

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