This popular article addresses the fact that although ideas, in and of themselves, are not protected by copyright or trademark laws, the expression and use of ideas can be protected if the proper steps are taken.
“As soon as a work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, a federal statutory copyright belongs to the author. And although it is not required to register or use a notice of copyright to be valid, it is often very helpful in case of infringement,” states Paul.
This article is a must read for any creative professional, inventor, business owner or entrepreneur and answers such questions as: What is a copyright and how do you acquire one? What are the different types of trademarks and what do they protect? How is a trademark registered and is notice required? How can specific contracts protect original ideas? Plus, other key pieces of information.
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B. Paul Husband, avid horseman, author, tax attorney and legal representative for the entertainment industry.