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What is a trademark or service mark?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Throughout this booklet, the terms “trademark” and “mark” refer…

What are the benefits of registering my copyrights?

Registering your copyrights in the United States Copyright Office gives you thes…

How do I protect my company’s copyrights?

You can do a number of things to help protect your company’s copyrights.  Some easy steps to take are to include proper copyright notices on each copy of your works.  You can also register your copyrighted works in the United States Copyright Office.  And, you can use a proper form of written agreement when hiring others to create original works of…

What rights do I have as a copyright owner?

In the United States, a copyright owner generally has what is often referred to as a bundle of rights that include the exclusive rights to:

Reproduce the original work;

Create derivative works base on the original work;

Distribute copies of the original work by gift, sale, rental, lease, or lending;

Perform certain original works publicly;

Display the original work…

What may be protected by copyright?

In the United States copyrights are granted to protect an author’s original writings.  Today, “writings” are not merely books but any form of original expression.  This means advertising can be protected by copyrights, including the text and any art work and photographs contained in an advertisement.  In the United States, copyright laws protect original architectural designs, software,…

Why are copyrights relevant to my business?

Virtually every business either creates or uses works that are protected by copyright laws. The manner in which your company creates or hires others to create original works of authorship will significantly affect your company’s legal rights to reproduce and use those works. Misusing another’s copyrighted works can lead to claims of copyright infringement, which can lead to lawsuits and…

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