Friday, May 8, 2015

Protecting Your Intellectual Property: A Quick Guide

If you’re in the event industry, chances are you have some intellectual property worth protecting. Whether it be a logo, a motto, an image, song, or video, you have the right to ensure that your brand is not reproduced unfairly by those pesky competitors.

Copyrighting is not nearly as big an issue or process as you might think. In fact, protecting your work requires very little time, money, and effort on your part.

Here are 6 quick and basic tips about copyrights and intellectual property:

Natural Copyright. All works have a “natural” copyright. The minute you share your creation with the world it is protected by natural copyright. There is no need to register it to own the rights to it.

Public Domain. You may release your work into the public domain if you wish. Public domain works are available for users to adapt or reproduce your work in any way they see fit.

Better Safe Than Sorry. It is important to know that just because your work is protected by natural copyright doesn’t mean there isn’t the potential for confusion.

All Rights Reserved. It’s best to go ahead and indicate that your creation is copyrighted, either by the word “Copyright,” the copyright symbol, or the phrase “All Rights Reserved.”

Copyright Registration. If you’re really serious about protecting your intellectual property, you can register it with the online copyright office. This is the most surefire way to ensure that you are protected in the case that you are challenged for evidence.

Remember to check before using any media that you didn’t create -- be absolutely sure that the creator has released the media into the public domain, or has set specific permissions for sharing.

It’s just one of those little things that gets lost in the tide of more important, pressing matters. Yet it is worth knowing that with the smallest of effort you can avoid a big-time hassle down the road. Protect your information, we know it’s worth it!

And once you’re ready to get that logo, motto, song, or whatever into the marketplace, visit for all of your event planning needs!

*Disclaimer: This is not official legal advice. This advice is not legally binding. If you want to know more about copyright law, visit:

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