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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.

Copyright laws and cryptomnesia

The New York Times did an article on how cryptomnesia plays a role in music creation. This is a naturally occurring phenomena that happens to everyone and with the amount of information now out there on social media and other sources, experts say it is not all that surprising. Basically, it is the belief that one has had an original idea when in fact it has come from another source, but the person forgot.

Digital music copyrights

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 addresses digital copyrights, which includes music copyrights. In particular, as noted by the U.S. Copyright Office, the DMCA offers protection for providers against copyright infringement suits. Providers cannot be held liable but are responsible for responding when they receive a notice of copyright infringement. This could include removing the material or simply restricting access to it. This has hit home for California-based Google, which owns YouTube.

Music copyright basics

California is home to many musicians and other artists who wish to receive full credit for their works. The U.S. Copyright Office, a division of the Library of Congress, explains that as with any copyright, a music copyright is automatically secured the moment the music is written down or recorded. However, in order to get the most benefit from a copyright, it needs to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. The registration process is fairly easy. A person needs to fill out a form, submit a copy of the music and pay a fee. 

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