A deep dive into copyright—your mechanism for protecting intellectual property that resides in a tangible form: books, songs, software, product designs, etc.
- Copyright law is one of the most pervasive bodies of law in the world. It touches every part of our daily lives. This is because copyright covers original works of authorship. In today's information economy, it seems that everything we do revolves around something that was created by someone. This course is a creative work subject to copyright law. Almost every page of content on the internet is subject to copyright law. The images you see on the internet and in your social media feeds implicate copyright law.
Books, movies, art, architecture, design, advertisement, software, computer chips, all of these things are covered in some way by copyright. There are many myths around copyright law. Including one that says, "If you change ten percent of something "you can use it without liability." I've recently seen one book on public domain that appeared to be larger than the Bible. I'm Dana Robinson. I'm an intellectual property attorney. And I'm gonna teach you about copyright law. I'm certainly not going to spend hours talking about what it means to be in the public domain.
Instead, I'd like to use this course to give you an overview of copyright that gives you enough information to understand what copyright law is, what constitutes copyright infringement, talk you through licensing, learn a bit about fair use and public domain, and ultimately walk you through an actual copyright filing. Let's get started.
DISCLAIMER: This course is taught by an attorney and addresses US law concepts that may not apply in all countries. Neither LInkedIn nor the attorney teaching the course represents you and they are not giving legal advice. The information conveyed through this course is akin to a college or law school course; it is not intended to give legal advice, but instead to communicate basic information to help viewers understand the basics of intellectual property.
- Explain why you should file for copyright certification.
- Determine what course of action will guarantee the end of infringement?
- Relate copyright to the purchase of software.
- Define public domain.
- List what you need to send the Copyright Office for copyright certification.