Tag: copyright

What is a Work Made for Hire

The first step in understanding a work made for hire is to understand the concept of a copyright and understand how to protect what you create.  A copyright is defined under Title 17 of the United States Code.  It protects…

What is an Assignment?

The owner of most types of property, including intellectual property (IP), can be changed by executing an assignment.  After establishing ownership of IP, the owner or owners may assign the ownership interest over to whomever the owner chooses. In the…

How do I Copyright Software?

            The U.S. Copyright Office defines computer programs 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 process for…

Benefits of Registering a Copyright

            Interestingly enough, you do not actually need to have a copyright filed to have copyright protection. Works are protected by copyright laws when they are first created and there is a fixed copy or “phonorecord.”…

What is a Copyright Deposit?

            A deposit is a copy of the work which is being submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office. A deposit usually accompanies an application for Copyright Registration, but sometimes it is required regardless of Copyright Registration.…

You are Never too Young (or Old)

      The youngest person to have even been granted a patent was four years old. FOUR! Granted on August 3, 1993, Patent 5,231,733 is an “Aid for grasping round knobs.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does…

What does a Copyright Protect?

     A copyright is a form of intellectual property that grants the copyright holder certain rights in original creative expressions.  Importantly, for something to be protected by copyright, it must be both original and a creative expression.  It must…