It’s been much too long, but I am glad to be continuing the show. We pick back up the conversation on copyright!

Discussion Points

Symbols and their meanings:

  • Copyright Symbol: commonly written as a “C,” with a circle around the letter. It’s usually placed at the bottom of your song or other visually perceptible media work to note that your work is copyrighted. The definition behind the symbol is specific in its meaning of media protection.
  • Trademark Symbol: usually is used in connection with an unregistered mark, to inform potential infringers that a term, slogan, logo or other indicator is being claimed as a trademark. Use of the TM symbol does not guarantee that the owner’s mark will be protected under trademark laws.
  • Service mark Symbol: is a trademark used in the United States and several other countries to identify a service rather than a product. When a service mark is federally registered, the standard registration symbol ®
  • Registered Trademark Symbol: this trademark represent an official registration with the Patent & Trademark Office

 

Way to protect yourself as a creative:

  • If you do not sign anything, you own the copyright
  • Before you make anything, sign a contract
  • “Work for hire” = no longer yours
  • When collaborating get it in writing
  • Have a paper trail: contract contracts contracts, meeting notes, everything in writing!
  • You can add watermarks to your images
  • Know how to handle infringement, we spoke about this in the previous episodes, so I’ll give a quick run down
    1. Make a screenshot or print with the date on it as a record
    2. Find out who is actually responsible many sites have people using there platform, and in those cases the site owner, Facebook for example, is not responsible, but Jane Doe the user would be if she copied your work and is claiming it
    3. Contact the individual and the owner of the site and demand to have your work taken down. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires website operators to take any such material down.
  • Use copyright notice to prevent theft, that would contain the following
    1. The word Copyright or symbol, the encircled C
    2. The year of first publication
    3. Your name

Reading Material:
What Creative People Need To Do To Protect Their Work | 10 Ways to Protect Your Creativity | AIGA Contact Templates

 

Events

A Brand Called You with Debbie Millman

What: A month-long self-branding course offering

When: September 1–30, 2017

Who: Available FREE to all member levels during September 2017 (a $79 value)

How: Access the members-only promo code and register online. Not an AIGA member yet? Join today to gain access.

Link: http://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/about-aiga/benefits/creativelive-september-discount/

 

EDIT Expo For Design, Innovation & Technology

When: Sept 28 – Oct 8, 2017

Where: Toronto, On.

Link: http://editdx.org/home

 

Web Unleashed 2017 – For you front-end developers!

When: Sept 25 – 26, 2017

Where: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Center Hotel, 525 Bay Street

Link: http://fitc.ca/event/webu17/

 

Creative Mornings

When: Sept 26 @ 8am-9:30am

Where: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Link: https://creativemornings.com/

 

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