Category: Copyright Protection

Copyright surveillance and enforcement are services offered by Web Defense Systems. If you are unfamiliar with copyright law, please be sure to review not only these documents on copyright law, but also our documents on trademark law (which protects names and designs that are distinctive to the person or company which owns them). Web Defense Systems works with IP attorneys to provide a unique level of surveillance and enforcement of all types of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Overview of Copyright Law

Although copyright law is actually quite complicated, let’s begin with a simplistic overview. In short, copyright law protects creative works from being copied by anyone besides the owner of the copyright. Protected works could be videos or films, songs or any type of audio recordings, books or writings, images or drawings, or software.

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Who Owns The Copyright to a Work?

Interestingly, the person or company that owns the copyright to a work may not be the same as the person or company who created the work. There are three reasons this could be the case:

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How Long Does Copyright Last?

The length that a copyright lasts varies based on various factors including when it was created

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The United States Copyright Application

In the document on this website Overview to Copyright Law, it was stated that it is not necessary to file a copyright application with the U.S. copyright office in order to have copyright protection of a work. While that statement is true, there are five good reasons to file a copyright application.

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Exceptions to Copyright Law: Facts, Short Phrases, Government Works, and Fair Use

There are four primary exceptions to copyright law. First: facts are not covered by copyright protection. Simply put, there is no way to gain copyright protection of facts. So if journalist

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Fair Use in Copyright Law

Although the owner of copyrighted material enjoys great protection under the laws of the United States and most countries, there are situations in which a third party can legally distribute portions (or in some cases, the entirety) of copyrighted works without committing an illegal act. By far, the most important of these limitations is the […]

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Plagiarism and Crediting the Copyright Owner

It should be noted that just because a 3rd party gives credit to the copyright owner does not mean copyright infringement has not occurred.

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Derivatives of a Work

Another interesting aspect of copyright law is that characters, fictional locations, unique names or similar aspects of a copyrighted work usually remain the exclusive property of the copyright owner.

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The “Crime” of Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is usually a civil matter, not a criminal one. This means it is not the responsibility of the government to find cases of copyright infringement or locate copyright infringers (those are two jobs performed by Web Defense Systems for our clients).

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How to Format a Copyright Notice and Related Issues

A copyright notice is an easy and effective action (though not technically a necessary action) that the owner of a creative work can take in order to protect its copyright privileges.

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International Copyright Protection

Primarily as a result of how the internet has connected the world’s people and the world’s content, the investigation and enforcement of your company’s copyright-protected products must be done with an international outlook. This requires a complete understanding of the copyright laws of the United States and other counties, knowledge of international copyright treaties, and […]

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (The DMCA)

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (abbreviated DMCA) is a United States law which implements two WIPO treaties that were signed in 1996. The DMCA went into effect the United States when it was signed by Bill Clinton in 1998. The biggest misconception about the DMCA is when people refer to it as a law that […]

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Disclaimer: We are not lawyers, and the purpose of the information within these documents is not to provide legal advice. Rather, the purpose of these documents is to explain the rationale behind some of the actions that Web Defense Systems takes on behalf of our clients. The field of anti-trust law is quite complicated and has changed greatly in recent years, so the following information is not legal advice and it should not be used as such.