Copyright: Protect Your Business Assets
Nowadays, copyright law is being attacked on all sides. From rights-holders, claiming a lack of adequate provisions to support their claims, to the writers and, musicians and artists who want the right to build on and/or critique previous copyrighted works.
The truth is, copyright law is there for both sides. The trick is how to make it work – less as an obstacle, and more like a platform.
Copyright registration is the most affordable of all intellectual property to protect. It is also a prerequisite for any party who intends to sue another infringing on their copyright. Why is this important? Well for one, a party who sues and wins their copyright lawsuit can request and receive reimbursement of their attorney fees for having to file suit. There are also minimum damages set out in the the US Code (17 U.S. Code § 504) to compensate an infringed party from unauthorized use.
So in many ways, the nominal investment in protecting your works can pay back dividends in the future…don’t let the controversies surrounding copyright law stand in your way from protecting your business assets should they be misused.