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What Can Be Copyrighted? A Look at Acceptable Categories of Intellectual Property

While it’s commonly believed that any passing thought or idea can be copyrighted, there are specific criteria in order for something to be eligible for this type of protection. One important one is that it must be “fixed in a

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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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How to Copyright a Book

You’ve just written a book—congratulations! Now, before running off to the publisher, it might be a good idea to stop and think through your rights and how to protect them. What is a copyright? A copyright is the type of

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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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