To Be in Copyright or Not To Be in Copyright. . . That is the Question.
Here in China, I’m currently teaching my darling students Business Law, which includes a healthy dose of Art and Cultural Heritage law surprisingly enough. Although, if you think about it, Businesses deal in Art and Words as much as anyone–and I’ve discovered the rules for them are often similar to those for individual artists.
But one of the most basic questions my students get stumped with is what is the different between a copyright, trademark, and patent?
Lawyers like to throw around those words like they mean something, but it’s a big pile of nothing for anyone else. Still, many of your rights and protections are caught up in the relevant Copyright, Trademark, or Patent. So if you want to adequately protect yourself (in business or in art), you need to know which one you need.
As I help my students, I thought I would share some information here as well. I’m teaching basic overview of the law, so this is all simple information 🙂 Please Note: This is not intended to be Legal Advice! Every situation is different, and if you have a situation you need to speak with your own Attorney! (more…)