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What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright?”

A lot of us have heard of a “poor man’s copyright” where you simply mail yourself something you want to have copyrighted. You then do not open the envelope and it is sealed with your copyrighted material, dated with the USPS stamp. But is that a real thing? Know the facts First and foremost, in […]

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) is a term that includes property that essentially comes from the mind, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and, to a lesser extent, trade secrets. It is vital to understand the difference between the types of IP in order to determine what you and your business needs. Simply put, you copyright your expression of […]

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Protecting Intellectual Property

2018 Pro Bono IP Fair

A Familiar Story Imagine creating something amazing. It’s well made and appreciated by your peers and shared among them. You spend time thinking and rethinking your work, making it better and better only to find someone has stolen your work and now you don’t have any legal claim to your own work because of a […]

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Intellectual Property 101: Protecting Your Rights

Intellectual Property 101 Many small business owners are confused about intellectual property, or as the legal community calls it, IP. Unfortunately for many business leaders, they assume that IP is the same as copyright, or that IP only pertains to artists. This type of misunderstanding can lead to serious legal problems. Copyrights – Protect the […]

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Can an Artist Control What You Do with her Work?

As business attorneys, we frequently deal with copyright questions related to graphic arts and other commercial artwork.  Usually this means putting agreements in place to make sure everyone owns the rights they need to own.  These are well-settled areas of law that don’t often surprise me.  But copyright law is full of surprises; sometimes it seems like […]

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Proper Copyright Licensing is Important

Driving to work the other day, I happened to find myself driving behind the truck you see above. Apparently owned (or contracted) by an exterminating company called Manzano Pest Management of Albuquerque, NM. What caught my eye, was the clever little cartoon of the stone-age character pounding little critters with his hammer. Very appropriate for […]

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Copyright Office Announces New DMCA Agent Rules

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA“) protects businesses operating on the Internet (called “Service Providers”) from liability for copyright infringement for the actions of their users under certain conditions.  Whether you realize it or not, you are probably familiar with the DMCA process, which is implemented through a notice-and-takedown procedure present on practically every website […]

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