Copyrights

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

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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Four Steps to Protect your App and Yourself

Developing an app opens up a variety of legal considerations from liability to intellectual property. These four easy steps will help you protect…

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How to Copyright A Movie or Short Film

If you've made a movie or short film, you've already got a copyright but to get the full protection of the law, you need to register the copyright…

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How to Copyright a Photograph or Image

A copyright protects your creative works, such as photos and images. Find out how to register your copyright with the Copyright Office to get the…

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What Is a Mechanical License?

If you've recorded someone else's song, you'll need to secure a mechanical license for that song before you release it into the world.

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How to Copyright Artwork

Registering the copyright for your work of art is a great way to protect your intellectual property rights. Find out how registration works, how it…

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Trademarks vs. Copyrights: Which One Is Right for You?

Copyrights and trademarks are both important tools in protecting your intellectual property, but knowing what you need can be confusing.

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An Overview of Intellectual Property Rights

Some of the world's most valuable property is intellectual property—but it can become worthless if you don't know how to protect it.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Explained

The DMCA expanded existing copyright laws to address issues created by new technology. Get the scoop on the main points of the DMCA and learn what…

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