Copyrights

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

Copyright Basics: What Is a Copyright and Why Is It Important?

Different from both patents and trademarks, copyrights protect original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible format.

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8 Basic Facts Every Musician Should Know About Copyright Law

You've worked long and hard on your original music. How can you keep others from using and profiting from your music without your consent? Here's…

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The Term "All Rights Reserved" Explained

"All rights reserved" is a term you can use when labeling the kind of copyright you retain in your creative work.

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How to Copyright a Website

If you've already made a website, then you've got copyright protection for some elements of the site. But if you want to use those protections in…

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5 Things You Can't Copyright

In order to qualify for copyright protection, an original creative work must exist in tangible form—in other words, written down or in a form you can…

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How to Copyright a Book

Registering a copyright is essential to fully copyright a book and protect your rights as an author.

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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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How to Copyright a Script

Copyrighting a script can help protect you if someone steals your work or uses it without your permission.

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What Are Derivative Works Under Copyright Law?

Any time you incorporate an existing picture or story into a new work of art, you run the risk of violating the copyright on the original.

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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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