Conducting a Copyright Search

Photo by a.poll_o is licensed under CC 2.0.  Registering your copyright with the United States Copyright Office puts the entire world on notice of your intellectual ownership of a specific work. It therefore makes sense that you must register your copyright before enforcing your rights against those who would infringe upon it. (See 17 Read more…

Copyright Fair Use

Photo by Steve Jurvetson is licensed under CC 2.0.  As I have discussed elsewhere, Congress has afforded the creators of original works with tremendous rights with regard to the use of their work. These rights, however, are not without limitations. (See 17 USC §§ 107-122). The most significant and prominent of these Read more…

Understanding Copyrights

Photo by Mike Seyfang is licensed under CC 2.0.  Most people are vaguely familiar with the concept of a copyright. Copyright law, however, can be complex and is governed by a variety of rules and regulations with accompanying exceptions and limitations. Understanding the protections copyrights provide can, therefore, be quite difficult. So, what is Read more…