A creative work is protected by copyright from the moment the work assumes a tangible form – which in copyright circles means as soon as the work is “fixed in a tangible means of expression.” You don’t have to put a notice on the work – or register it with the US Copyright Office in Washington to get protection – although there are some benefits to doing these things if you are creating a major work.
In the last Legal Ramifications, we gave an overview of intellectual property (“IP”) law and said that bloggers will have to contend with two of the three main parts of IP – namely, copyrights and trademarks (patent law will rarely if ever effect a blog).
All bloggers should know a little something about Intellectual Property (often called IP) law.
Last time on Legal Ramifications we learned a little about the law of libel and how important it is to be sure about your facts when you write something negative about a person that could effect their business. Now let’s look at something more positive (although with a possible negative twist)
As social media develops, “mainstreams” and becomes a part of everyday life, one of the consequences is that posted blog articles will increasingly be subject to the claims of our litigious legal system. This is certainly true in the United States – but because the Internet has few boundaries, whatever you write can become fodder for claims anywhere in the world.
This is a new section of The Bloggers’ Bulletin devoted to the so-called “legal” issues that may arise from time to time in every blogger’s life. These are often thought of as being discrete forms of prohibitions, as in, what can I do or not do in by blog or generally on the web. When…