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Work For Hire Agreement: What it Is and Why You Need It

If you’re a musician, a business owner, a writer, or any other profession in which you might hire a third party to create intellectual property for you, you need to know about the work for hire agreement—your legal claim to

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Think a “Poor-Man’s Copyright” Will Secure Your Rights to Your Book? Think Again

Widely referred to as a “poor-man’s copyright,” the act of mailing a copy of your own book or manuscript to yourself and leaving the package sealed is widely purported to be legal proof that you own the copyright to the

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Is This Copyright Infringement? 3 Examples and Explanations

“Is this copyright infringement?” This is a question we hear in our copyrighting division more often than any other. I believe this is due to two reasons: (1) Copyright law has not changed significantly for over a decade, while technology

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Can I Copyright My Whole Album in One Submission?

First, understand that you already own the copyright to your album, because you created it. Official copyright registration isn’t a requirement. However, because of the various benefits to registering a copyright, you’ve decided to go for it. But how? Do you

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The Truth About Copyrighting Your Website

Many things can be protected by a copyright: text, images, photographs, videos. But can a website be protected by a copyright? While “website” is not currently a category of intellectual property recognized by the US Copyright Office, it’s made up

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To Copyright or Not to Copyright: Three Reasons to Register Today

While it’s true that anything copyrightable is automatically copyrighted by its creator (it’s true; check out our previous post, “Copyright Basics”) and that an official US Copyright Office registration is not legally required, it’s important that you understand how your

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