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 […]

Copyright Part Three: A Work of Authorship

The U.S. Copyright Office designates copyright protection for “… original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed… ” (see 17 USC ยง 102(a)). Essentially there are three parts to the protection: (1) being a work of authorship, which we explore in more detail here, (2) being original, […]

Copyright Fraud

Protecting trade secrets and intellectual property, and taking action against infringement, has actually become extremely difficult in the modern international business world. If you do have a concern that involves proprietary information or about copyright fraud, then in some cases a private investigation agency could be an ideal choice for assistance. Perhaps this is even […]

All About Copyrights

Protection by Copyrights A copyright is a legal concept that grants original creators of work exclusive rights for the use and distribution. A copyright is considered intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks. It’s applicable to anything, including art, inventions, etc. There are no “international copyright laws”, every country has its own laws. America, for […]