Currently browsing the

a. What is a Copyright?

Category.


What is a copyright, and how can registering one protect your intellectual property? What is the correct process for filings and registrations, and do you need to hire a copyright attorney or law firm to handle this? What sort of intellectual property qualifies under United States law, and what are the provisions of transfer terminations? Our experienced patent and copyright attorneys discuss general best practices and legal basics at the Traverse Legal blog.
August 31, 2012

What Is a Copyright? Understanding Your Exclusive Rights.

As I've mentioned in previous shows on Copyright Law Radio a copyright and a work grants the owner of the copyright certain specific exclusive rights. “Exclusive rights” means that the copyright owner has control over their copyright protected work whether or not that's a photograph, an image, a piece of art, a book, some text. Whether or not it's a website, whether or not it's software code, or a variety of other items that fall within potential copyright protection.

My name is Copyright Law Attorney Enrico Schaefer, and today we want to talk a little bit more about the exclusive rights provided by the copyright law. So, the first important exclusive right that every copyright owner needs to understand is that you, as the copyright owner get to understand and determine and control who gets to make copies of your copyright protected work.

Continue reading What Is a Copyright? Understanding Your Exclusive Rights. >>
August 20, 2012

What is and is not Copyrightable?

Copyright protection is a protection extended to creative works of authorship, and the authority for this is listed in Section 8 of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of copyright protection is that it is intended to reward creative efforts and to provide an incentive for future creation.

 

 

Continue reading What is and is not Copyrightable? >>
May 08, 2012

How to Protect My Idea as a Copyright

This is Brian Hall, an attorney with Traverse Legal, PLC, an intellectual property law firm that helps clients throughout the world identify, protect, and enforce their intellectual property rights. Today, I will be answering the question: how to protect my idea. Now, this question is a very broad question, but there are several things that can be done in order to protect your idea. The context I want to look at this in deals with when you have an idea and you're telling it to other people in order to either get funding, or possibly make a prototype for a product, or for some other reason.

Before I answer that question, let's keep in mind that an idea can be protected via a patent. It can't necessarily be protected via copyright until that idea is captured in some tangible form or medium. While that all sounds like legal jargon, the reality is that an idea has limited ways to be protected under intellectual property law. An intellectual property lawyer can help define the best way to protect that idea.

Continue reading How to Protect My Idea as a Copyright >>
October 04, 2011

What is a Copyright and How Long Does it Last?

Copyright Law Explained:

In this edgy and informative video, the history of copyright law is summarized and explained.  Every copyright infringement lawyer can tell you what you can and cannot use from copyright protected works.  This video will help you understand how to avoid a claim of copyright infringement so you don’t have to hire a copyright infringement attorney.

Continue reading What is a Copyright and How Long Does it Last? >>
March 03, 2011

What is a Copyright Under US Law? | Patent & Copyright Attorney Advice

Copyright is a protection of intellectual property afforded by the U.S. Constitution and formalized in U.S> Copyright law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression, covering published and unpublished works. Copyright can protect literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architectural works, but not facts, methods of operation, ideas or systems.

A copyright protected work is protected when it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. You must register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office in order for a patent and copyright attorney to file a copyright infringement lawsuit in a United States Federal Court.

March 31, 2010

Copyright Termination of Transfer

Copyright Law has changed in both scope and length of copyright provisions. It originally was 14 years with a possibilities of a renewal of 14 years. It changed to be 28 years for initial term and then another 28 year renewal term. Congress then added 19 years and then another 20, eventually creating a system of dual term copyrights. Today we have a unitary term system based for most works on the life of the author plus 70 years. That dual term system is actually related to one of the types of termination rights that are currently in the Copyright Act. Damien Allen and Lydia Loren discuss the challenges and the provisions of Copyright Transfer Terminations on today's program.

  • The Copyright Act gives authors and their families certain rights to terminate agreements
  • Section 203 Termination Rights of the Copyright Act, in Title 17 of the United States Code are for agreements entered into after the 1976 Copyright Act, effective January 1, 1978. For 203 terminations, you can terminate an agreement entered into by an author 35 years after the date of the agreement.
  • Section 304 terminations relate to the lengthening of copyright terms of agreements that were entered into before the effective date of the 1976 Act

Announcer: Welcome to Copyright Law Radio, sponsored by Traverse Copyright Law, internet lawyers specializing in copyright infringement, copyright licensing, and copyright registration. Now here’s your host, Damien Allen. 

Damien Allen: Good afternoon, and welcome to Copyright Law Radio. My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the phone is Lydia Palace Loren of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Good afternoon, Lydia. Welcome to the program.
Continue reading Copyright Termination of Transfer >>
July 10, 2009

Top Benefits of Filing a Copyright with the United States Copyright Office

Why should your register your Copyright with the US Copyright Office? First of all, you can not sue to enforce your copyright against infringement if you don't register. Here are the top 5 benefits of copyright registration.

   

Today’s program is brought to you by the attorneys at Traverse Legal, PLC, a global law firm specializing in Internet law, Trademark infringement, Copyright Infringement, Cybersquatting, On-Line Defamation, Non-Compete & Trade Secret Law and Complex litigation. If you have a legal matter arising on the web, contact one of Traverse Legal’s internet lawyers today.


DAMIEN ALLEN: Good morning and welcome to Traverse Legal Radio. My name is Damien Allen and today with us via the telephone in the studio with have Mr. Brian Hall. Brian Hall is an attorney with Traverse Legal PLC. Brian’s practice focuses on copyright matters, including copyright filings and registrations, copyright infringement litigation, and copyright licensing and related matters. Brian represents the online business interests of entities throughout the world, especially as it pertains to the internet law and related business representation matters. Good morning Brian and welcome to the program.

Continue reading Top Benefits of Filing a Copyright with the United States Copyright Office >>
June 26, 2009

Copyright Registration and Protection for Computer Programs

The United States Copyright Office defines a computer program as a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about a certain result.  The question becomes what exactly does a copyright registration for a computer program protect?  Courts have held that copyright protection extends not only to the literal elements of a computer program, such as source code and object code, but also to the program’s non-literal elements.  These non-literal elements are the products generated by the codes interaction with the computer hardware and operating programs.  Put another way, copyright protection of a computer program extends to the structure, sequence, organization, user-interface, screen displays, and menu structures.  Therefore, a copyright registration will protect not only the code but also the output of that code.

Continue reading Copyright Registration and Protection for Computer Programs >>
June 09, 2009

Copyright Term in The Public Domain in the United States

A Copyright only lasts so long before it becomes part of the public domain.   Here is a resource link to information concerning the Copyright Term for published and unpublished works.   A copyright is dependent on when the work was first published, whether or not the work was registered as a copyright and whether the publication was in the United States or abroad.  Note that song recordings have a separate chart, as do architectural works.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

May 08, 2009

Copyright Law: Questions and Answers

Copyright law, like many types of law, raises numerous issues and questions for clients.  More often than not, these questions can be answered in one of two ways.  First, frequently asked questions such as those available in the United States Copyright Office’s Frequently Asked Questions page, can be answered without legal research and much effort.  On the other hand, practical matters usually require answering multiple legal issues that may arise which require a copyright attorney.  A qualified lawyer can properly identify copyright issues, perform copyright law research, and provide advice and recommendations based upon the copyright findings.

Continue reading Copyright Law: Questions and Answers >>
Official Trademark Clearinghouse Agent

Copyright Infringement & Internet Defamation Blog Homepage: Copyright Infringment Lawyer, Internet Defamation, and Internet Privacy

ARCHIVES

Domain attorney recommended by Domaining.com
© 2011 Traverse Legal, PLC. All Rights Reserved.
Traverse Legal on LinkedInTraverse Legal on FacebookTraverse Legal on Twitter
Events & Conferences:
  • International Trademark Association 2011, San Francisco, California
  • Cyber Law Summit 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Game Developers Conference 2011, San Francisco, California
  • DOMAINfest 2011, Santa Monica, California
Recent Attorney Speaking Engagements:
  • South By Southwest 2010 SXSW Interactive Conference, Austin, Texas
  • West LegalEdcenter Midwestern Law Firm Management, Chicago, Illinois
  • Internet Advertising under Part 255, Altitude Design Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Online Defamation and Reputation Management, News Talk 650 AM, The Cory Kolt Show, Canada Public Radio Saskatewan Canada
  • Alternative Fee Structures, Center for Competitive Management, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • FTC Part 255 Advertising Requirements, Mom 2.0 Conference, Houston, Texas
  • Webmaster Radio, Cybersquatting & Domain Monetization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Notable Complex Litigation Cases Handled By Our Lawyers:
  • Trademark Infringement, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Cybersquatting Law, Trademark Law and Dilution Detroit, Michigan
  • Internet Defamation & Online Libel Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Trade Secret Theft, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cybersquatting Law, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Miami, Florida
  • Cybersquatting Law, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Eastern Dist. of Virginia, Alexandria
  • Stolen Domain Name, Orlando, Florida
  • Commercial Litigation, Tampa, Florida
  • Copyright Infringement and Cybersquatting Law, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Mass Tort Litigation, Los Angeles, California
  • Stolen Domain Name, Detroit, Michigan
  • Adwords Keyword Trademark Infringement, Los Angeles, California
  • Trademark Infringement & Unfair Competition, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Non-Compete Agreement and Trade Secret Theft, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mass Tort, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mass Tort, Tyler, Texas
  • Insurance Indemnity, New York
  • Copyright Infringement, Detroit, Michigan