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Creating a song, script, app, invention or business is just the beginning of any creative’s journey. Too often that can also be the end of the road. Because when creatives focus solely on the creative process without adequately protecting their intellectual property, they leave their copyright, trademark, and patent rights at risk or forever lost altogether. The rules are complex and confusing. This workshop demystifies “the big three” types intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent) and lays out the specific steps every creative needs to take to protect their IP rights.
Specifically, this workshop:
Offers straightforward, clear, and concise definitions and explanations about IP rights
Provides a detailed roadmap through the critical first steps of identifying and registering IP rights
Details concrete steps creatives and inventors can take to register a copyright, trademark, and patent
Explains how startups can avoid intellectual property disputes and the benefits of timely registration
Explains how to create a trademark portfolio that doesn’t break the bank
Outlines best practices when enforcing copyright, trademark, and patent rights against infringers
Covers copyright transfer termination and how to reclaim your copyright after an assignment or license
I covered 203 copyright transfer termination rights mechanics, the post-2013 response of copyright creators and copyright-industries when the first termination “window” opened for post-1977 transfers, and stakeholder and commentator forecasts about whether the anticipated termination tidal wave of destruction is more academic than real.
Copyright transfer termination permits a copyright creator to reclaim control of his or her copyright several decades after transferring the right. This applies to all copyright transfers no matter what a contract may say about a perpetual transfer. Creators cannot waive this right. But they can forfeit it if they are not careful.
In fact, some creators have already forfeited their rights if they transferred copyright in 1978 and failed to serve notice of termination by 2016.
I offered some preliminary conclusions on the future of copyright-dependent industries in light of the 203 termination right.