SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Copyright Help

  1. #1
    <title class="lol"> bronze trophy TehYoyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Northeast Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    806
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Copyright Help

    Hey all. I'm trying to get a freelance business of the ground, but I'm not totally familiar with the legal stuff (which is, of course, why I'm here).

    How do I register my company name (for example, Google)?

    How do I copyright my website? How much does it cost?

    Thanks all.
    ~TehYoyo

  2. #2
    . shoooo... silver trophy logic_earth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    9,013
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Copyright is free...any thing you make has automatic copyright. Proving it is a different matter.
    M avatar for example, the copyright to it belongs to me because I made it. I didnt have to do anything to get it.
    Logic without the fatal effects.
    All code snippets are licensed under WTFPL.


  3. #3
    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,685
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    Copyright is free...any thing you make has automatic copyright. Proving it is a different matter.
    M avatar for example, the copyright to it belongs to me because I made it. I didnt have to do anything to get it.
    Copyright laws do vary widely by your location. For example in the US while a copyright is granted when a work is created, there are significant benefits to registering:

    Even though copyright protection is secured automatically upon creation, there are certain definite advantages to copyright registration. Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim. Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin. If made before or within five years of publication, registration establishes prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate. If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney's fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Also, registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against importation of infringing copies. -http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/mandatory_deposit.html
    - Ted S

  4. #4
    <title class="lol"> bronze trophy TehYoyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Northeast Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    806
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    That's great! So when it says (at the bottom), 'Copyright 2012 vBulletin Solutions, Inc.' that just means it's just been registered as their work?

    What about names, like vBulletin? Is that the same process? Also, how do I check that something isn't copyrighted yet?

    Thanks for the help so far.
    ~TehYoyo

  5. #5
    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,685
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TehYoyo View Post
    That's great! So when it says (at the bottom), 'Copyright 2012 vBulletin Solutions, Inc.' that just means it's just been registered as their work?

    What about names, like vBulletin? Is that the same process? Also, how do I check that something isn't copyrighted yet?

    Thanks for the help so far.
    ~TehYoyo
    In the US and many other countries, a copyright is created "the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device". Stating a copyright in the footer of a website does not mean it's been registered. In fact saying it at all is not required.... it's simply being done to strengthen the assertion of their rights so no one can claim it wasn't obvious or that they read other rights to the work.

    Unless a work states that rights are being waived or governed under a less strict license [i.e. Creative Commons, GLP, etc] it is protected with no right to republish or redistribute -- fair use being a claim but not necessarily a granted protection.

    Now if you want to make a claim to a name like Google, Amazon, vBulletin you would need a trademark which is a very different set of laws.

    Trademark don't require a filing either but are much stronger when you do have a registration [common law mark vs registered mark]. You can search US federal marks at www.uspto.gov although their can be state originated marks too. Filing is around $350 last I checked but while you can do it yourself, having an attorney help makes a lot of sense... just a couple word difference or the wrong class and the effective protection of your mark changes. Not everything can be trademarked either -- uniqueness, novelty and fame all play a role in both registering and winning a dispute.

    Remember - forums are great to discuss a theory but should not be used for actual legal advice. I'm not an attorney and don't play one on tv.
    - Ted S

  6. #6
    <title class="lol"> bronze trophy TehYoyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Northeast Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    806
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    So copyrights are pretty basic...to register one, do I need a lawyer?

    Also, can I check if a name is trademarked?

    Thanks.
    ~TehYoyo

  7. #7
    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,685
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TehYoyo View Post
    So copyrights are pretty basic...to register one, do I need a lawyer?
    Don't confuse basic with simple. There's a ton to copyright law and depending on what you're doing and it's value getting legal advice may be very wise. But no, you don't have to have an attorney to register anything, it's just a form.

    Also, can I check if a name is trademarked?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted S
    You can search US federal marks at www.uspto.gov although their can be state originated marks too.
    - Ted S

  8. #8
    <title class="lol"> bronze trophy TehYoyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Northeast Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    806
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Fantastic. Thanks for all the help.

    ~TehYoyo


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •