You know that movie you love to watch all the time? Or the song you can’t help but dance to when it plays? Or the book you snuggle up with on the couch on a Saturday morning, coffee in hand? All of these things, and more, have something in common: they’re protected by copyright.
A copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original expressions of ideas. These ideas can come in various forms and media including visual, audio, and literary, and can even cross multiple categories.
In this episode, I talk all about copyrights. I start with some basics, then get more in-depth and cover the rights of copyright owners, copyright notices and duration, and frequently asked questions I hear about copyright law.
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In this episode:
[03:47] – Danielle reveals what copyright law doesn’t cover.
[04:42] – How can you know what is or isn’t covered by copyright law?
[05:49] – Similar to trademarks, you have common law and statutory rights associated with copyrights.
[06:27] – If you formally register your copyright, you get these additional statutory rights.
[07:10] – Danielle discusses the exclusive rights you have as a copyright owner.
[09:15] – What is a copyright notice? You’ll benefit if you include one, even if it’s not required.
[09:58] – How long does a copyright last? It usually depends on the creator.
[10:58] – Danielle talks about how small businesses can protect their copyrighted works.
[12:58] – Fair use is an exception to copyright law. But what is considered fair use?
[14:20] – Beware of falling into this common trap that Danielle hears so often.
[15:28] – Danielle discusses dealing with ownership and copyright within your contracts.
[16:42] – Implement these protocols to avoid infringing on third-party copyrights.
[18:21] – Danielle wraps up the episode with action steps.