Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents have always been an elusive area for me. I know the basics of what, why, and where. Do I think about the repercussions when photocopying a work and not giving the proper credit?
Working in a Library – I am surrounded by creative material that can be copied and infringed upon.
Copyrights and patents designed to protect such property from being copied, sold or used in any way without owner authorization. Intellectual property can include inventions, certain types of discoveries, written or recorded work, paintings, drawings, plans, designs and other original creations and ideas.
These laws are extremely comprehensive about protecting your works, your name, your company. I do not profess to have expertise on the subject but as a librarian I do know the best places to find out more information.
Recently I was asked to share what courses stood out for me? What was most useful?
One stand-out instructor in my Lynda.com experience was Dana Robinson. I enjoyed his courses on trademarks, patents, and right of publicity immensely because he spoke in laymen terms. Mr. Robinson delved into the complicated topics but made the journey easy. His courses were not long, most less than an hour; yet they were confidence boosters. He used everyday examples where necessary and reviewed things at the end of course.
His courses include:
Rights of Publicity: A Deeper Dive
Trade Secrets: A Deeper Dive
Understanding Patents: A Deeper Dive
Understanding Copyrights: A Deeper Dive
Understanding Trademarks: A Deeper Dive
Lynda.com provides you with outstanding instructors. Mr. Robinson has stellar credentials; as a founding partner of TechLaw, LLP, where his practice focuses on trademark prosecution and licensing, copyrights, and business transactions.
Remember GPL also has print resources for you to check out:
The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know
The Creative Artist’s Legal Guide: Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Film & Digital Medial Production
Patent, Copyright, and Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference
The Pocket Legal Companion to Copyright: A User-Friendly Handbook For Protecting and Profiting from Copyrights
Trademark: Legal Care for your Business and Product Name