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The Legal Benefits of a Copyright

You have a website; it is your pride and joy and you cannot wait until others see it. What happens next is not what you anticipated, however. You get it out the public and start advertising it like crazy so that your business takes off in an upward fashion, yet all of a sudden you […]

Obtaining a Legal Copyright and what it Does not Protect

Copyright laws have evolved over the years since they were first enacted in 1970.  However, the same basic principle of legal protection for owners of written material is still the same.  And yet there are many aspects of personal creation that are not protected under Copyright laws. Copyright 101 You do not have to register […]

When a video is taken down off YouTube

Have you ever heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?  This Act was passed in 1998 and addresses copyright infringements on the internet.  The Act was intended to stop those who would circumvent the normal measures to be granted the rights to disseminate something online.  Everyday there are millions of people posting photos, quotes, […]

Current Copyright Conundrum

This article is copyrighted, meaning that if you use it in whole or part you are breaking the copyright law and you can get sued for plagiarism. If you are in college you may even get kicked out. However, just because you wrote something doesn’t mean you own it either. If you wrote it as […]

Shorter Copyright Lengths for Written Works?

Authors are currently up in arms about a proposed change in copyright law that would shorten the length of copyright to a meager 14 years. This proposal, included as part of the group’s manifesto for the next Parliament, comes from the Green Party of the United Kingdom, who contend that in order to achieve their […]

Kelly G. Swartz Speaker at The Canaveral Pen Women

The Canaveral Pen Women April Meeting10 AMSaturday April 11, 2015    Suntree/Viera Library902 Jordan Blass DriveMelbourne   Speaker The Canaveral Pen WomenIntellectual PropertyAttorney   The Canaveral Pen Women is a branch of the Florida State Association of The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (FSA/NLAPW), a nonprofit umbrella organization that provides support to all […]

The Process of Obtaining a Copyright

Obtaining a copyright is a process that will keep you entangled in red tape for months. Is this a true or false statement? Why not find out? That’s just what I did. I wanted to know just what went into obtaining a copyright for pictures I have taken. The first thing I did, as I […]

Is Happy Birthday to You copyrighted?

Candles are lit on the cake and your friends and family have gathered around you. So what happens next? They all sing “Happy Birthday to you”, naturally. Then candles are blown out, with or without help from someone and clapping begins. The cake is cut and served with ice cream. This scenario plays out over […]

True or False: Copyright Law

Before you can take a quiz about copyright law, you must first understand the definition of a copyright. A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available […]

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights – What’s the Difference?

Many people tend to confuse the types of intellectual property protections that are available to them. In short, a patent protects the function of an invention, a trademark protections a name and/or logo that may be used to identify the source of goods and/or services, and a copyright is meant to protect original works of authorship.

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