Re: Internet Copywright Laws
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on July 10, 2001 at 12:05:36:
In Reply to: Internet Copywright Laws posted by Jessica Cahill on July 06, 2001 at 17:54:59:
1) Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of "original works of authorship", which can include a wide variety of intellectual properties, such as pictures and words, works of art (paintings, sculpture, photographs, etc.) literary works, (books, song lyrics, poetry) as well as choreography, WEB PAGES and other forms of creative expression.
Copyright protects the author's original creative expression as contained in the work but DOES NOT usually extend to any idea, procedure, process, method, system, discovery, name or short title or slogan.
You can protect the expressive contents of your website by registering it for copyright protection.
For more information, visit: www.copyrightpros.com
2) Trademark protects company names, product names and slogans and symbols used in business. (e.g., company names like: MCDONALD'S, or FORD; product names like BIG MAC or EXPLORER; slogans like WE LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE, or THE ONLY WAY TO FLY; and designs like the "GOLDEN ARCHES" and even sometimes color schemes like : Brown for UPS courier service or Pink for SWEET 'N LOW.
Prior to seeking to register a trademark, a search should be conducted to determine whether the name, or a similar name is already in use by someone else.
YOU MAY CHOOSE TO SEEK REGISTRATION OF YOUR NEW NAME, DESIGN, OR BUSINESS PROCESS IN ORDER TO PROTECT IT FROM COPYCATS OR INFRINGERS. REGISTRATION SHOULD BE SOUGHT IN ANY COUNTRY WHERE YOU DO BUSINESS OR WHERE YOU EXPECT INFRINGEMENT WILL OCCUR.
For more about trademarks, visit: www.brandxperts.com
Domain Names may be eligible for trademark protection only if the name is used in the course of a trade or business to promote the sale of certain goods or services; and to distinguish the domain proprietor's name from that of other traders and competitors.
With millions of new ".coms" , ".nets", ".orgs.", .tvs", and the like being registered each year, Trademark holders are finding it increasingly difficult to protect against everyone from cybersquatters, (domain hijackers) to innocent newcomers who fancy a similar domain name.
Our firm assists in the protection of both domain names and trademarks by offering Registration, Counsel and Enforcement services.
In times of crisis, we find solutions to domain disputes, cybersquatting, “Meta Tagging” and good-old-fashioned trademark infringement. As members of the International Trademark Association, our attorneys work with agents and local affiliates in faraway places to preserve and protect our client’s valuable intellectual property rights.
For more information, see the sites:
ANDERSON & SHIPPEY
The Intellectual Property Law Server
Old Copyright Forum