For years, videographers have used music as a backdrop in their films, short videos, and documentaries. The law around music licensing is pretty clear: a license is required to use copyrighted music in a video. This has been a standard practice since the dawn of music recordings. Yet, throughout the video industry, we find music being used without a license. We need look no...
Category - Intellectual Property
Stories about receiving copyright protection and dealing with infringement
Without the protection that copyright law gives artists, it would be difficult to monetize creative work and make a living. Here are ten sound copyright-related practices that every artist should know.
Take these two commonly heard phrases: “I need to copyright my slogan,” or “I want to patent my new idea.” Do you know why they are wrong? We break down the differences between IP laws.
Fashion designers face a unique set of challenges in protecting their intellectual property, but new court decisions are providing further guidance for fashion designers and legal practitioners.
An AI machine studied folk music notations to create over 100,000 new songs - but can the machine hold copyright protection over a creative work?
Unicolors' ultimate success in suing Urban Outfitters for copyright infringement hinged on one simple act: that Unicolors spent $55 to register its designs with the U.S Copyright Office.
Filmmakers can use characters from their favorite novels in their films, but under copyright law, they must obtain express permission from the author.
As the 3D printing industry continues to grow, many designers are turning to Creative Commons to share their work. But is that really the best way to do so?
It's common to see art fair visitors snapping photos of artworks for Instagram, but does the practice constitute copyright infringement, or is it fair use?
You’re considering a lot of different things when thinking about inking a new tattoo, but copyright infringement probably isn’t one of them. But copyright laws come into play in various ways when tattooing new work – whether you’re the artist whose designs are being inked, the tattoo artists drawing your own work, or an artist merely using the influence and inspiration of tattoo art...
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.
3D printing is a relatively new art form is sweeping the internet and worrying designers and Hollywood executives alike. Along with the advent of 3D printing, a steady stream of piracy and copyright infringement cases have been reported by industry honchos. Whether you’re supportive of this new innovation or struggling to protect your own 3D designs, you may want to consider getting to know...