What is copyright infringement? How do you keep your small business from infringing on someone else’s intellectual property rights?
Perhaps even more importantly, what rights do you have to protect your own materials, ideas, or products?
Answering those questions — as well as guiding you to multiple resources for public domain and creative commons — is precisely what this article is all about.
Copyrights: A short definition
Copyright is an intellectual property right that protects “original works of authorship” under the federal Copyright Act. Types of work protected include songs, writings, works of art, dramatic works, choreography, motion pictures, sound recordings, architectural works, and some computer programs.
Copyright owners typically benefit from copyright protection in their exclusive rights to reproduce, adapt, and distribute copies of the protected work.