Understanding the difference between idea and expression is crucial to ensuring your creative work has sufficient copyright protection.
Author - Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a Los Angeles-based photographer and lawyer. He practices copyright law in the media and entertainment industries and is the author of Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images from Peachpit Press.
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Assuming you did everything right when registering your works, you'll receive a paper copyright certificate. What good are the certificates? We'll show you why you need them and what to do with them.
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There are many legal aspects of running an art-related business that could be fairly characterized as less than interesting, but few topics inspire more blank stares, or glazed-over eyes, faster than insurance. Like a lot of legal topics, thinking about insurance requires that we think about negative outcomes – what happens when things go awry – and so it’s natural to want to...