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Three things to know about business copyrights

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2020 | Business Law |

You as a business owner have a lot to protect, not just your physical property and its assets, but also your intellectual property, including your copyrighted material. In the event another business or individual infringes on your copyrights, you can litigate the infringing party in court to stop the infringement and seek damages if necessary. 

If you are just starting out as a business owner, you might not know how to use copyrights for your business. Forbes provides some basics on how they work for businesses, as well as how to protect your copyright against possible infringement. 

Businesses have copyrights 

Many people associate copyrights with creative people, like authors and filmmakers. For this reason, you might think your business does not have material that you could copyright. However, copyrights can protect the written words of authors and businesses alike. You can copyright all sorts of things your business owns, like your videos, your brochures and pamphlets, or even your website. 

You cannot copyright inventions 

If you have a concept for an invention, you cannot protect it through copyright. You can copyright books and audio-video works, but to secure an idea for a new product, method, process, or plan, you need to apply to the government for a patent. Without a patent, someone might take your invention and use it, and you might have little recourse in court to protect your invention. 

Registration may protect your copyright 

As explained by Forbes, registering a copyright actually is not necessary for the government to consider your work copyrighted. However, if someone infringes on your copyright, you might have trouble litigating the other party for infringement if you have not registered your copyright. For this reason, registering your copyright as soon as possible could make the difference in protecting your intellectual property.