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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

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

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

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

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

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

JSIA Virginia

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that is in place for workers and employers in states across the country, including Virginia. The Act helps to ensure that when an employee has been called to serve on a jury, the employee can take time away from work in ... continue reading

Tennessee Copyright

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Just what exactly are the ins and outs of Tennessee copyright law?

First, it’s important to understand that when talking about copyright laws, one is talking about federal laws. That applies even to so-called “international copyright laws,” because almost all countries recognize the U.S. laws in this case.

... continue reading

Minnesota Copyright

Monday, February 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Copyright law can be complicated.

Practically speaking, however, there’s one key fact to remember. Simply giving somebody a copy of a poem, n original recipe, a painting, or a software program does not mean that they own the rights to it.

The creator automatically own those rights unless ... continue reading

Oregon Copyright

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

When it comes to understanding copyright laws, one rule of thumb may help. Try to separate the artistic or intellectual ideas being conveyed from the material used to convey them.

The artistic or intellectual ideas would be what is called the “intellectual property.” That’s what is protected by copyright ... continue reading

Oklahoma Copyright

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Copyright law can be a complicated subject. The essential thing to remember, however, is that just because the creator gives a friend a copy of a photo, poem, recipe, or software doesn’t mean that the friend owns the rights to the work.

You may give your sister your original ... continue reading

Illinois Copyright

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

When it comes to that poem Fred wrote and gave to his lover, or that recipe Beth gave to her sister, just who owns what? 

A walk through the copyright laws might help clarify this question.

It is important to start by distinguishing between the “intellectual property” and ... continue reading

New Mexico Copyright

Friday, December 21st, 2007
Posted by Tamara

Copyright law, in New Mexico as well as the rest of the United States, protects intellectual property.  Though many people may be somewhat confused by the issue, copyright laws in the United States are actually federal laws.  They are not dictated by state law.

The expression “international copyright laws” ... continue reading

Nebraska Copyright

Monday, December 17th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

Intellectual property and copyright laws present quite a few questions for residents of Nebraska.  To begin, copyright laws within the United States are governed by federal law.  The frequently used expression “international copyright laws” has become popular because most other countries recognize United States copyright laws.  The United States, in ... continue reading

Michigan Copyright

Friday, December 14th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

The various copyright laws in Michigan may present questions for many people.  Copyright laws in the United States are not actually state laws.  They are federal laws.  The frequently heard expression, “international copyright laws” exists primarily because most other countries recognize American copyright laws.  The United States reciprocates, and recognizes ... continue reading

Kansas Copyright

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

Questions about copyright laws and intellectual property arise frequently in the state of Kansas.

Essentially, intellectual property includes paintings, photos, songs, software, sculpture, movies, dance, the written word, and television and radio broadcasts.  All of these are protected under copyright laws.  Copyright law stipulates that the creator of any ... continue reading

California Copyright

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

For residents of California, questions frequently arise regarding copyright laws.  It should be noted that the laws that govern copyright within the United States are actually federal laws.

Copyright law stipulates that intellectual property is protected from the instant that it is saved in a tangible, fixed medium.  The ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Copyright

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

When someone is given a copy of an original work, like a recipe, poem, software, or photograph, does that mean they own the rights?  The answer is no.  As federal law outlines, only the creator of an original work holds the copyright.

If the creator of a work decides ... continue reading