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How to Protect Intellectual Property with Copyrights


Intellectual Property with Copyrights

Intellectual property copyrights are a complicated matter that, in order to better understand, can be broken down into their individual definitions.

First, intellectual property defines an idea or piece of work that came directly from the creator’s mind. For example, intellectual property may include pieces of art 🎭, inventions, designs, symbols, and names. 

Furthermore, when it comes to social media creators, intellectual property can include your brand name and logo, and even your posts!

On the other hand, copyright is a form of intellectual property. 

More specifically, copyrights refer to the sole right of a creator to reproduce their original content. This content most often includes literary 📚, artistic, auditory, visual, or digital works.

When you create a tangible piece of intellectual property in a visual or auditory form, including posting it online, you are in most cases automatically protected by copyright law!

For example, a singer-songwriter 🎙️ who posts their new single on YouTube, as the original and sole creator of the song, has automatic copyrights to the content. In other words, the reproduction or use of the song by any other person – except under the doctrine of fair use – is illegal.

As a result, the United States government, as well as social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, has enacted extensive methods for reporting copyright infringement.

🚨 REPORTING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ONLINE 🚨

The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, was enacted in 1998 to protect 🛡️ artists’ intellectual property copyrights. Furthermore, the DMCA website services takedown notices that allow creators to remove stolen content from the Internet.

Therefore, as a creator, you have the right to file a DMCA takedown notice any time you find your work stolen and misused online.

In order to take advantage of DMCA takedown notices, creators can locate this form on the DMCA website by navigating to “Takedowns” and “Start a Takedown”. Then, provide the URL 🔗 of the website on which your content appears as well as its original sources, such as your personal website or blog.

Additionally, the form will require a statement detailing your ownership of the content and how it was stolen. 

While the full-service takedown program provided by the DMCA is extremely reliable, it will cost creators $199 💸. On the other hand, those looking to protect their copyrights for free may also try reaching out to an infringer and simply requesting they remove their post!

Similarly, most social media users have the option to report copyright infringement directly through the platform on which it appears. For example, you can use this form to report stolen material on Facebook.

Most of the time, the social media site will take care of the process for you!

⚠️ TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS ⚠️

While intellectual property copyrights are automatically applied upon tangible creation of your art, some creators choose to take extra precautions to protect especially sensitive material.

More specifically, you always have the option to register your literary, audio, visual, or digital art with the U.S. Copyright Office. Although registration is NOT ❌ necessary for copyright protection, it does have benefits for many creators.

For example, officially registering your work provides you with proof that you are the original and sole creator of the content. 

Additionally, copyright infringement lawsuits will require registration. In other words, if your work is stolen and you want to collect penalties in court 🏛️, you will be required to officially register for copyright beforehand.

That being said, if you’re unsure about whether you should register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, it’s always a good idea to consult a social media lawyer for advice. 

A social media attorney will provide you with honest feedback 💬 about when it is and isn’t necessary to officially register your intellectual property. Plus, we will do everything in our power to protect your intellectual property from copyright infringement.