Does Copyright Law Scare You? NO! It Doesn’t Affect Me!

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Copyright Trick or Treat

Does Copyright Law Scare You?        

Find out this week in Copyright Trick or Treat

“I don’t own any copyrights, so I don’t have to worry about copyright law.”

TRICK

Since 1989, a copyright notice © is no longer required, nor is registration with the US Copyright Office. An original work of authorship is copyrighted the moment it is fixed in a tangible medium: paper, audio, video, web page, blog posts, social media, etc. This applies to original literary works, art works, music, etc.

For more on this, SEE:  http://managecopyright.com/2015/09/ok-what-is-copyright-all-about/

So?

So… that means that we all are creating something every day that is copyrighted. It might not have monetary value, but it is protected—automatically.

We all are CONSUMERS and  CREATORS of copyrighted works.
How are YOU protecting YOUR original works?

 

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~Barb

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Barbara C.  Ingrassia
Certified Copyright Manager and Speaker
Manage Copyright! Don’t let it Manage YOU.
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Email: barb@managecopyright.com 

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Try Copyright Trick or Treat: Government documents?

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Copyright Trick or Treat

Does Copyright Law Scare You?        

Find out this week in Copyright Trick or Treat

“What about content created by the US Government?”       us-capitol-building-826991_640

TREAT !!

Most works issued by the U.S. Government are not protected by copyright and are free to use.

Works created by US federal employees in the course of their assigned duties are not protected by copyright. They are a great source for an amazing array of material

Browse: https://www.usa.gov/

NOTE: Some collections include items not created by a US federal government employee, so always check carefully and provide a citation as directed.

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Copyright © 2015 Barbara C. Ingrassia     All Rights Reserved.

~Barb

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Barbara C.  Ingrassia
Certified Copyright Manager and Speaker
Manage Copyright! Don’t let it Manage YOU.
508-277-0709
Email: barb@managecopyright.com 

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Copyright © 2015 Barbara C. Ingrassia     All Rights Reserved.

Does Copyright Law Scare You? Try Copyright Trick or Treat

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Copyright Trick or Treat

Does Copyright Law Scare You?        

Find out this week in Copyright Trick or Treat

“If there’s no © on a work, it’s not copyrighted and I can use it in any way I want.”

TRICK!
Since 1989, a copyright notice © has no longer been required, so its absence is not a reliable indication of its status.

Assume that a work is copyrighted until you can determine otherwise.
Meanwhile… Click here to sign up to receive my free report:
The 10 Biggest Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make [that could land You in court]…and How to Avoid Them

Copyright © 2015 Barbara C. Ingrassia     All Rights Reserved.

~Barb

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Barbara C.  Ingrassia
Certified Copyright Manager and Speaker
Manage Copyright! Don’t let it Manage YOU.
508-277-0709
Email: barb@managecopyright.com 

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Information provided in this blog should not be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, consultant an attorney with expertise in copyright law.

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©K… What is C©pyRight all about?

Copyright is the right to make a copy.

Copyright law protects original works of authorship that have been fixed in a tangible form of expression. Copyright occurs at the moment the work is fixed in a tangible form of expression. “The fixation need not be directly perceptible as long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device.”
(U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Basics, p. 3 http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf)

Huh??

Let’s unpack that:
The law protects the right to make a copy of original works of authorship including:
literary works
musical works, including any accompanying words
dramatic works, including any accompanying music
pantomimes and choreographic works
pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
motion pictures and other audiovisual works
sound recordings
architectural works
(U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Basics, p. 3 http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

which have been fixed in a tangible form of expression.
Fixed = secured, stable, stationary
Tangible = perceptible, palpable
Expression = manifestation

Putting those pieces together–
What is a tangible form of expression?
Certainly paper is tangible, but electronic is also tangible.
Be it analog or digital, paper or online, audio or video… it can qualify for copyright protection.

A copy in the 21st century is more than just a “photocopy of a printed work;” video, audio, Internet content can also be “copied.”

The protection takes effect the moment it is fixed.
No registration is required; even a copyright notice © is not required. If it’s an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible form of expression, it’s copyrighted. It doesn’t matter if it’s a scribbled note found on the floor or a drawing on a paper napkin

(I know; this goes against everything we’ve been taught, but stick with me…)

Who has that right to make a copy?

The owner of the copyright.

And that owner could be YOU.

TIP: Assume that any work is copyright-protected UNTIL you can determine otherwise.

That’s … Copyright for the Rest of Us.

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I invite your questions about copyright.

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Barbara Ingrassia is a Certified Copyright Manager and Founder of Manage Copyright.
A Speaker and Educator, she guides businesses of all sizes through the “gray murky maze” that is copyright in the Digital Age. Her motto: Manage Copyright. Don’t Let It Manage You.

Contact her at barb@managecopyright.com

Information provided in this blog should not be construed as legal advice.
For legal advice, consultant an attorney with expertise in copyright law.

So What’s the Big Deal about Copyright?

What’s Copyright got to do with Me?

I’m not an author or music composer. Why should I care?
You might be surprised…
Did you know that we all interact with copyright-protected works every day?
We all use others’ content, but we also produce copyrighted content.
We are all CONSUMERS and CREATORS of original content protected by copyright.

What does that mean? I will explore the implications of U.S. Copyright Law with you in my upcoming blog posts so… Stay tuned! Copyright for the rest of us.
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I invite your questions about copyright anytime.  ‘Just send me an email!

~Barb

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Barbara C.  Ingrassia
Certified Copyright Manager and Speaker
Manage Copyright! Don’t let it Manage YOU.
508-277-0709
Email: barb@managecopyright.com 

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Information provided in this blog should not be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, consultant an attorney with expertise in copyright law.

Copyright © 2015 Barbara C. Ingrassia     All Rights Reserved.