The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was enacted in 1998 to update copyright law in matters dealing with the electronic/digital environment. Its principle features focus on limitations on infringement liability for service providers and prohibitions on circumvention of technological protection measures. Online education environments are greatly affected by the act provisions. Educational institutions are generally considered […]

Copyright Registration

We often receive enquiries about how to apply for copyright protection, and many people are surprised to learn that in fact they do not need to apply at all. Copyright subsists automatically in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, and the typographical arrangement of published editions. Literary works are taken to include […]

Does the “Poor Man’s Copyright” Really Work?

Copyright Registration or Poor Man’s Copyright? Many authors, photographers, novelists, and other creative professionals swear by the “poor man’s copyright” method: mailing copies of their own works to themselves and leaving the envelope sealed, thus “proving” legal ownership over the enclosed material. But does this really prove anything… or is the attempt simply a waste […]

What Is Copyright Awareness?

There is no standard definition for “Copyright Awareness”. However, some critics have argued that awareness can only be defined in the light of what is being manifested in all forms of perception, knowledge and consciousness. In each expression, awareness is revealed as the ability to perceive (perception), know (knowledge) or the state of being conscious […]

Copyright 101: Understanding Copyright Law and How to License Your Artwork As a Designer

Copyright/Licensing Info: U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8 empowers Congress to “promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” -the basis of copyright laws of today In today’s visual world, the work created by a graphic designer […]