What are Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks?

Hey everyone, this post is very important for you guys to read, because when doing photography you can run into so many different obstacles. One, for an example, is  getting your photo’s stolen or maybe even accidentally stealing someone else’s photo without knowing that it’s  illegal. But don’t fret. This post is going to help you a whole lot. You will learn why copyrights, patents, and trademarks are so important, especially to you, the photographer. Something that you should remember is to never take a photo of someone or their belongings without their permission.

What Is A Copyright And What Does It Protect?

A Copyright is a law to protect your original art, photography, writing, music, science, video or movie recordings from being copied or sold by others. The original owner (creator) has the right to copy and sale his/her work, but the consumer won’t be able to resale it without getting written permission from the original owner. The reason why they need permission is because the person who created the material still holds the copyright, therefore the material that you bought from the owner isn’t completely yours.

When Is My Work Copyrighted?

Your work is copyrighted once it is created. You automatically own what you have made. The reason why some people would register for copyright is so that they will be on the public record and have a certificate of registration. If their work was to be stolen or damaged by someone, they will have the right to sue.

If I Don’t Want To Get A Copyright, Is There A Way To Show That The Material Belongs To Me?

Yes. It’s called watermarking. When people see the watermark sign they should automatically know that they cannot take what you have created. To read more about watermark click this: https://enlightenyouphotography.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/watermarking-your-photographs/

Where Can I Register To Copyright My Work?

You can register here http://www.copyright.gov

What Is A Trademark?

A trademark is a law that protects the owner of the business’ identity from being stolen by competitors. What this means is that they will not be able to use similar business names, trademark symbols, or anything else that will confuse your customers about which business, or product is whose.

What Is A Patent?

A patent, known as the Patent Law, protects scientists and inventors ideas and creations from being made, copied, used, sold, or imported for a certain amount of time. If you’re going to patent an invention or idea, you must keep quiet about it. No one else in the world can know about what you have created until you are approved for the patent. To register for a patent or trademark click here: http://www.uspto.gov/. To read more about Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks click this: http://www.lawmart.com/searches/difference.htm

Thanks for reading! And I hope that this was easy and fast to understand. If you have any questions, corrections, or suggestions just comment!


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