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Legal Road Map® Podcast S4E99 FB Live 97 Legal for Course Creators: Copyrights


Learn what copyrights can protect, when you should register them, and the benefits EARLY copyright registration provides.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The types of content that can be protected by copyrights
  • Why facts and ideas aren’t protectable by copyrights (and what you actually can protect instead)
  • Why the automatic protection provided by U.S. copyright law isn’t as great as it sounds
  • The extra benefits of registering your copyrights, and registering them early
  • Who owns the copyrights when you create a work as an employee, or an independent contractor
  • Who can use the © symbol, and how you should be using it the right way
  • What type of business should hire a copyright attorney to register their copyright, and who can probably DIY the process
  • Who can use © and how you should be using it

Key takeaway: Copyright protections are automatic under US law, but you can’t enforce them without taking the time to file a registration. Best practice for your online course is to register them early!

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This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

August 12, 2019

Podcast S3E67 FB Live 78 Legal Planning for 2019: Copyrights


Listen to this episode in podcast/audio format here

Transcript of this podcast episode available here

You’ve probably heard you automatically have copyright protection under US law.  But did you know you must register early in order to be able to fully enforce those protections?

Sounds tricky, right?  It doesn’t have to be!

Listen to this week’s episode where I walk you through a copyright audit for your business:

  • The main difference between copyrights and trademarks and where they may overlap
  • What can (and can’t) be protected by copyright in your business
  • Who owns the copyrights if an employee or contractor creates photos, graphics, videos, copy, or other content for you
  • How your contracts can protect your copyrights when you’re working with independent contractors
  • The one thing you MUST do in order to take advantage of the rights afforded under copyright law
  • The huge financial benefits to registering your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office early, before your work is copied

Key takeaway: The key with copyrights is to start thinking about them early on. The sooner you begin locking down your copyrights by registering them, the more your business will be able to shut down copycats.

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This video/podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.  

December 17, 2018

FB Live 32 – Negotiating a book deal

Negotiating a book deal: Points to think about plus working with an agent.

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April 6, 2017

FB LIVE 9 – Questions answered: copyrights to images, going after unauthorized use of your content

Answered a few questions from Being Boss members about copyrights- protecting your images, whether designers or photographers should transfer copyright ownership in your contracts, and kill fees / ownership issues when a client cancels a contract. Post any followup questions below!

Questions? Schedule a consult at https://awbfirm.com/legal-road-map-session/ or contact us at https://awbfirm.com/contact/.

November 9, 2016

FB Live 4 – How to use other people’s stuff legally

Learn how to use other people’s stuff legally on your website, social media, or blog.

Questions? Schedule a consult at https://awbfirm.com/legal-road-map-session/ or contact us at https://awbfirm.com/contact/.

November 4, 2016

FB LIVE 2 – Dealing with copycats in your creative business

Are you dealing with COPYCATS in your creative business? I outline five steps for how to deal with people stealing your copyrighted or trademarked content. And since I’m still figuring out Facebook live, I accidentally hit end when I was trying to see questions!

More info, check out our website at https://awbfirm.com/legal-road-map-session/ or contact us at info@awbfirm.com.

November 2, 2016