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Our Atlanta copyright attorneys & lawyers can help you register a copyright for your original work of authorship. This will ensure that you have documented proof of your copyright ownership. Because, if you don't file it, you can't sue if someone uses your work.
Once registered, the copyright lawyer you chose can also assist you with the development of licensing and/or distribution agreements so you can collect royalties on your original work of authorship. The copyright attorneys & lawyers on UpCounsel represent entrepreneurs, musicians, actors, artists, TV producers, and authors. Our Atlanta copyright attorneys can also assist you with fighting copyright infringement in the case a party infringes on any of your copyrights, as they'll seek to prevent it and seek damages from any and all infringers. Many attorneys also have expertise in defending clients against claims of infringement.
There are three types of copyright: usage, full, and unique. Usage means the buyer gets to use the article one time, but the writer can use it again or resell it. Full rights will give the buyer all rights; they can even place their name on the article, saying they wrote it. Your copyright attorney can explain further details about the different kinds of copyright.
Copyright ©, the least expensive form of protection, means literally 'the right to copy' an original creation. Original works of authorship include: Movies, drawings, books, works of art, music, textile and jewelry designs, photographs, lyrics, computer programs, paintings, architectural works, including blue prints and maps.
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Trademark Law: What Is It?
Trademark law is the set of laws and legal regulations that are set up to protect trademarks.
A trademark is a legal protection given to any word, name, symbol, or design that is used in commerce to identify the product of one manufacturer from another.
For example, the Nike Swoosh is a trademark that distinguishes it from other sports companies such as Reebok and Adidas. "Coca-Cola" is also a trademark that distinguishes the soda from other soda companies such as Pepsi.
All brands are entitled to trademark their brand and logo, as long as that mark isn't already in use by another company.
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What is a Trademark Domain Name?
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that a business must use its domain name to sell goods or services in order to protect the name — even if a competitor starts to use the name after you registered the domain. In other words, merely reserving a domain name isn't enough.
Without the domain name, a computer would have no idea where to look for a web page, and e-mail routers would not be able to send email. Of course, domain names are more than just addresses, since they can be selected by the "addressee" and are usually closely associated with a particular serv
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What Can Be Trademarked?
A phrase, word, symbol, device, or even a color are all eligible for a trademark. Anything that distinguishes the goods of your party or company from another qualifies. However, the item must be used in a commercial setting to obtain protection from the law. Trademarks have a 10-year protection span.
Trademark are important to:
- Distinguish your company from others
- Indicate the source of goods
- Distinguish your service from others
- Give permission to other companies for cobranding
- Indicate a membership in a union
A trademarkable symbol also lets customers know who you are. This is especially impor
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What Are Trademarks?
Trademarks are word, phrase, or symbol, which represent a company or product. They distinguish the products or services of one company or organization from those its competitors may provide. People can register trademarks to legally protect the rights to their creations, or intellectual property. Some other examples of trademarks include acronyms (like NBC, IBM) and extend to slogans, stylized fonts, and even colors. Read on to understand why trademarks are important and to see a l
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What is Trade Dress?
Trade dress covers all elements that make up the overall image of a product or service. This includes, but is not limited to, the color, shape, size, configuration, and packaging of a product. Trade dress (which is a type of intellectual property) can also apply to decor, architecture, or anything else that makes the presentation of a product or service distinctive.
Trade dress refers to anything that is designed or used to promote a product or service. This is known as the "total image" or "overall appearance" of the product or service.
In the right circumstances, trade dress may be something as simple as a color. Trade dress is protected