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How long does copyright protection last?

If you are seeking copyright protection in California, one of your concerns may be how long that protection will last. This is a good question since other intellectual property protections generally have a specific number of years they are valid, which often are not going to last your lifetime. However, copyright protection terms work a bit differently, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.

How to find if an image is copyrighted?

The internet is a wonderful place to find images for California business owners. There is an image to suit pretty much any need. All you need to do is a quick search to get an array of them at your fingertips. However, you need to be cautious about using images you find online. The majority of them are likely protected by copyright. It is your responsibility to ensure any that you use are not copyrighted.

Are copyright infringement and plagiarism the same thing?

If you are a writer in California, then you may have heard of both copyright and plagiarism. While these two things may seem very similar, they are not, in fact, the same thing. According to Plagiarism Today, plagiarism is a violation of ethics whereas copyright infringement is breaking the law. The distinction between ethics and the law is a huge one. Breaking ethics simply ruins your credibility and reputation, but breaking the law can carry stiff penalties.

Do I have to register my copyright?

You probably are aware of what a copyright is and how it can protect your creative works. However, many people in California do not understand the details of the protection and how it is acquired. According to the Unites States Copyright Office, you gain copyrights as soon as your work is in “fixed form,” which means it has been written down, recorded or otherwise put into a tangible form. You do not have to do anything to secure these rights, including registering your copyright.

Performance arts and copyrights

If a person has something that he or she wants to register the copyright for in California, then it is important that he or she chooses the correct category to file under. Performance arts, as defined by the U.S. Copyright Office, is one option that a person has if the piece is something intended to be performed for an audience. There is a range of different pieces that could fall under this category, including dances, podcasts, screenplays, dramatic readings, sound effects, audiobooks and comedy routines.

Copyright, fair use and YouTube

When it comes to California residents sharing information on the internet, there are always going to be concerns about copyrights. This is especially true when it comes to YouTube. This video sharing platform is wildly popular because it allows users to connect with millions of viewers. However, when a user creates a video that contains someone else’s content, there could be an issue with copyright.

Copyrights and memes

Memes are popular all over the internet, especially on social media. California social media users likely repost memes without ever giving a thought to copyright protection. Many may even wonder if memes can even be protected by copyright. The basic idea of a copyright is it offers protection to any written work that is published, so a meme could very well be protected.

Copyright protection for blogs

The internet has brought about many new concerns about intellectual property rights for California residents. One specific area where people may have concerns is over the copyright protection on blogs. It is fairly easy for someone to copy content, both texts and images, off a blog. In addition, blog owners often create new posts on a regular basis, meaning they are publishing a lot of content in a short period. The concern often is that securing a copyright may take too much time and slow down blog post production. The reality, though, is that securing copyright protection is not that difficult.

Judge rules that copyright was infringed by “Jersey Boys”

Without creativity, the world would be a boring place but it is important for people in Sacramento to make sure they are not encroaching on someone else’s ideas or stories. Doing so can land them in the middle of a lawsuit where they will have to defend their work and prove it is entirely their own. If people know that they are using another person’s story or work, they should take steps to obtain permission from the owner of that information, preferably in writing.

What you should know about copyrights and fair use

Copyright is something that California residents need to be aware of when doing things like creating websites, teaching classes or developing any materials to share with others. Violating a copyright can get a person into legal trouble. However, there is something called fair use that may give people a chance to use copyrighted materials without permission and without any legal issues.

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