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Can You Copyright a Scene or Character?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many people wonder if a scene or character can be protected by copyright. The answer is, it depends.

As most people know, copyright covers original expressions of the creative arts saved in tangible form including writing, painting, songwriting, photography, music, dance, etc. However, ideas and concepts cannot ... continue reading

Copyright Notice

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Is a copyright notice necessary? Surprisingly, in most cases the answer is yes.   

Although songs, stories, articles, paintings, sculpture and other original works are covered by copyright from the moment they are saved in tangible form, the owner must assert his or her copyright in most ... continue reading

What Cannot Be Covered by Copyright?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Original expressions of creativity saved in tangible form can be copyrighted. These include books, film, songs, dance, paintings, etc. Ideas or concepts cannot be copyrighted. Between the two lies a vast wasteland of lawsuits, claims and counter-claims.   

Still, the courts in Arkansas and every other U.S. ... continue reading

Wyoming Copyright

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
What cannot be covered under copyright in Wyoming or any other state?

The following items:  

Idea or concept Processes Procedures Systems Methods of operation Principles Discoveries    An idea cannot be protected by copyright. Suppose you have an idea to write a book about ... continue reading

Delaware Copyright

Friday, July 16th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In order for an original work to be protected by copyright in Delaware or elsewhere in the U.S., it must be saved in fixed or tangible form. Many people are surprised by this requirement.

Steve and Candy are comedians at a popular comedy club in Wilmington, Delaware. ... continue reading

Colorado Copyright

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In order for a copyright to be issued, a work must meet three conditions:

Originality Expression Tangible Poems, dances, photographs, sculptures, songs, compute programs and other works of intellectual property must meet these three criteria to qualify for protection under copyright law.

Originality means that ... continue reading

Understanding Copyright, Trademark and Patent

Monday, July 12th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
It is easy to confuse copyright, trademark and patent. Each is a different type of intellectual property protected by law.

Copyrights cover creative works from the moment they are saved in tangible permanent form. An improvisational skit performed on stage is not copyrighted. If it is written ... continue reading

Copyright Protects New Technology

Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Copyright is a double-edged sword because while an original creation or work of art is immediately covered by copyright, to be legally enforceable the copyright must be registered. Fortunately, registration is an easy, low-cost process.

Many people do not consider the variety of items that are covered ... continue reading

Alabama Copyrights and Trademarks

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The three major types of intellectual property in Alabama and other states are copyright, trademark and patent. All three offer protections to the owner, but each is different in the type of material it protects under federal or state law.

The federal Copyright Office, a division of ... continue reading

Copyright Resources

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The U.S. Copyright Office offers free advice on many issues related to trademarks and copyright.

Very simply, copyright protects the intellectual rights of the creator of original works or creations including books, songs, paintings, photographs, dances, plays, computer programs, websites and many other types of literary or ... continue reading

Mississippi Copyright

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many people have questions about international copyright law. A man in England came across an amazing discovery in his grandmother’s attic recently. It was the original score for the Beatles’ song “Yesterday.”

The outcome of the court case surrounding that find illustrates some of the issues that ... continue reading

Montana Copyright

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
It is important for everyone to understand international copyright law. A poet writes a love poem and gives it to his paramour. Does his lover now own the poem?

The short answer is, “Not exactly.” A longer answer is, “No, not the poem itself, but, yes, the ... continue reading

New Hampshire Copyright

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many people in New Hampshire have questions regarding copyright. When it comes to questions about intellectual property, an often-heard term is “international copyright laws.”

This may be confusing to many people, creative and otherwise, who have raised questions about New Hampshire copyright laws. In reality, laws controlling ... continue reading

North Carolina Copyright

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
How many creative people in North Carolina are aware of the fact that their intellectual property is theirs from the moment they commit it to the medium of their choice, whether that medium is paper or a computer hard drive?

Probably very few are aware of it, ... continue reading

Ohio Copyright

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Although their livelihoods are likely to be affected by copyright laws, many creative people in Ohio and elsewhere misunderstand or know little about those laws

One of the first things to understand is that simply giving a friend or stranger a copy of one’s work does not ... continue reading

Alaska Copyright

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Virtually every other country recognizes the copyright laws in the United States. In turn, the U.S. recognizes those countries’ copyright laws. As a result, copyright laws are often referred to as “international copyright laws”.

Several people in Alaska have wondered exactly what is covered by copyright law ... continue reading

Connecticut Copyright

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
A reader asks, “If my sister gives me a copy of her original recipe for Kahlua Chocolate Pie, do I have the right to publish the recipe in my church cookbook? The answer is no. Giving someone a copy of an original works does not convey the rights to ... continue reading

Federal Copyright

Monday, February 16th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Exactly what is covered under federal copyright law?

Federal copyright laws protect intellectual property, which includes works of art (paintings, photographs and sculptures), songs (tune and lyrics), software, the written word, and other original works. In Federal and in the rest of the nation, the creator of ... continue reading

Hawaii Copyright

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many people in Hawaii wonder, if a person gives me a copy of a poem they wrote, can I publish it in my local newspaper?

Original works in Hawaii and in the rest of the country are covered under the federal copyright laws, so the answer is ... continue reading

Maine Copyright

Monday, February 9th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Copyright laws are U.S. federal laws that protect intellectual property.

This includes many types of original works such as the written word, songs (tune and lyrics), software, paintings, photographs and other works of art. Movies, TV, dance and radio broadcasts are also covered by copyright.

... continue reading

Missouri Copyright

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Several people have inquired about Missouri copyright laws. Copyright laws in Missouri and the rest of the United States are actually federal laws.

Copyright laws cover ownership of intellectual property, such as songs (tunes and lyrics), the written word, movies, dance, TV, radio broadcasts, works of art ... continue reading

Rhode Island Copyright

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Intellectual property is protected by copyright laws. Several people have asked about the specific details of Rhode Island copyright.

For Rhode Island and the rest of the United States, intellectual property is covered by federal law. Some people use the expression, “international copyright laws”, because other countries ... continue reading

South Dakota Copyright

Friday, September 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Copyright laws protect intellectual property. Intellectual property includes the music and lyrics of songs, works of art (painting, sculptures, etc.) software, and the written word. Radio broadcasts, television, movies and dance are covered by copyright laws, too.

Many people have asked about South Dakota copyright laws. There ... continue reading

Wyoming Copyright

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
If you create a photograph, and give a copy of it to a friend, the friend owns the copy, but does not own the rights to that photograph. The composition and images of the photograph are considered intellectual property, which is protected by copyright laws.

Wyoming copyright ... continue reading

Alabama Copyright

Sunday, September 21st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Intellectual property includes original works such as movies, television and radio broadcasts, books (and other forms of the written word), works of art (paintings, sculpture, photographs) and software. Intellectual property is protected by copyright laws.

Many people have asked questions about copyright laws, specifically the copyright laws ... continue reading

Utah Copyright

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Recently, a copy of the original score for the Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” was found in an attic in England. The man who found this treasure decided to sell it at auction. He had every right to do so, and in fact netted over $1 million dollars. However, while ... continue reading

New Jersey Copyright

Friday, April 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Suppose Ted discovered an original draft of the “New Jersey State Song”, by S.H.M. Byers in his attic. He might have found a valuable piece of New Jersey state history. However, finding that item would not give Ted the copyright to the song. The copyright can only be conveyed ... continue reading

Indiana Copyright

Thursday, April 24th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Copyright laws protect original intellectual property. Copyright laws are federal laws and are generally recognized internationally. Intellectual property includes many different types of items. Written works, songs, paintings, photographs, radio or television broadcasts are all considered intellectual property.

In Indiana , as in every state, copyright protection ... continue reading

Arizona Copyright

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Individuals in Arizona , who produce original work, which can be considered intellectual property, receive copyright protection the instant the work is produced or recorded in some tangible way. The original producer of the work is not required to register the work in order to be protected. This protection ... continue reading

JSIA Maryland

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that applies to employees in all states across the country. The Act is in place so that when an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee can serve on the jury without worrying that he or she will lose his ... continue reading