© What is a copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship”
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, architectural and certain other intellectual works.
Copyright allows anyone to protect original work from being copied or reproduced.
Material in the “public domain” is intellectual property that does not come under copyright laws.
Copyright on the web:
When creating a Web page, you CAN: Link to other Web sites.
Be aware some individuals and organizations have specific requirements when you link to their Web material.
You should check a site carefully to find such restrictions. It is wise to ask permission.
You need to cite source, as you are required to do in a research paper, when quoting or paraphrasing material from other sources.
Always free graphics on your Web page. If the graphics are not advertised as “free” they should not be copied without permission.
You can not copy and paste logos, photos, icons, and other graphics from other web sites to your web page
(unless it is clearly advertised as “freeware.” Shareware is not free).
Some will let you use their logos, with permission – it is free advertising. Many companies not approve of all sites who want to use their logo.
For more information please consult the official copyright rules and guidelines.
How is a copyright different from a patent or a trademark?
A copyright provides its holder the right to restrict unauthorized copying and reproduction of intellectual property, such as literary work, movie, music, painting, software, etc…
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time (normally 20 years from the filing date).
A trademark is a distinctive name, phrase, symbol, design, picture, or style used by a business to identify and/or distinguish itself and its products to consumers.
Does copyright law protect domain names?
Copyright law does not protect domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),
a nonprofit organization that has assumed the responsibility for domain name system management, administers the assignation of domain names through accredited registers.
Can my logo design be copyrighted?
Yes. Copyright applications are provided by the Federal government along with a standard filing fee for submission.
The client may choose to handle the copyright application process on their own or, for a fee, Design by Nur can complete the entire copyright application process on the client’s behalf.
While submitting the copyright form is not a requirement, is its very strongly recommended.