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By Dana Robinson | Monday, August 31, 2015

Should You Copyright Your Bright Idea?

how to copyright an idea

So you’ve come up with a brilliant idea and you want to copyright it.

My lynda.com course Understanding Copyright: A Deeper Dive covers infringement, licensing, and more.

But here’s what you need to know up front to protect your creative idea.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, July 6, 2015

Know Your Rights: Two Current Trends in Copyright Law

trends in copyright law

Copyright law has been around since the 15th Century. Since then, it has been changed many times and in many ways and it still is evolving.

Two current trends in copyright law may affect your future rights.

By Richard Stim | Friday, March 13, 2015

Songwriters: Here's Why and How to Copyright a Song

how to copyright a song

Last year, streaming music services like Pandora, Spotify, and Google Play increased market share by an astounding 42%. At the same time, digital download sales dropped 13 %.

That was good news and bad news for songwriters.

The good news is that streaming services reduce piracy of songs. A Swedish music-business study showed that over half the people who previously downloaded music illegally no longer did so after being given access to a streaming music service. The bad news is that streaming payments per play are miniscule—as Cracker’s David Lowery demonstrated when he posted a royalty statement showing a $16.89 payment from Pandora for over one million plays of his song “Low.”

With streaming on the ascendance and album sales at their lowest numbers since Soundscan began reporting sales in 1991, the copyright value of a song seems to have diminished substantially.

Was David Bowie right when he proclaimed in 2002, “copyright will no longer exist in 10 years”? With less money to be made, is copyright even relevant for songwriters?

The answer is yes. Even with diminished revenues, song copyrights still have a pulse—and it’s a strong one.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, February 16, 2015

Understanding Copyright for Photographers — and Beyond

the basics of copyright for photographers

Everyone has heard of copyright, but not everyone knows what it really means.

Here’s the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and why” of copyright for photographers — and anyone who works with pictures.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Fuss About Fair Use Photos: Are Your Images Protected?

What are fair use photos? Find out here.

These days, photographers often find their images used by others without permission. When confronted, the user likely will claim that it’s a “fair use,” rather than an infringement.

While only a judge or jury can ultimately decide whether the use is a fair use, understanding the differences will help you protect your work.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? More Options …

photos stolen? try this

Last week I gave you some advice on what to do when your photos are stolen and reused elsewhere—without your permission.

Here are some more options you have if you discover that someone has poached your photos.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What to Do When Your Content Is Pirated


I woke up on Saturday to find a new link posted to a popular video editors forum I belong to. It was advertising lots of free tutorials, available to anyone.

I looked closer at the post, and noticed that the tutorials were mine—those I had recorded under contract for lynda.com. As a special bonus, the collection even came with a cracked (unauthorized) copy of the software that I teach!

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Copyright Your Photos

Eye of the Wolf

It’s easier than ever for someone to steal your photographs in this digital age. So it’s wise to consider your copyright options.

By law, the copyrights for your photographs are created when you click the shutter. Even if the photograph is never registered, the copyright exists and is protected by copyright law.

But the best way to protect your photographs is to register them with the US Copyright Office. Here’s how.

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