Copyright Basics: How to Protect Your Work from Piracy

Protect your most valuable asset - your intellectual property.
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  • Len Smith Freelance copywriter and communications consultant

    For the past 20 odd years Len has run his own business, Copywriting On Demand and manages The-Writers-Guru.

    He works from home, writing copy for organisations around the world - and lots of them have become personal friends.

    With forty years' experience in marketing, he spent three years in Paris responsible for IBM product marketing in 14 countries across EMEA.

    His biggest market is the USA, followed by the UK, the Arab states and the Netherlands. His business comes via the web and his website attracts more than 1,000 visits a day.

    Clients are as diverse as Vodafone, The Finance Leasing Association, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the BBC, a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies - even a TV 'Secret Millionaire'.

    Married for more than 50 years (a world record?) he has three sons.

    He lives in a rambling old vicarage in Yorkshire that has the distinction of having been built by the Brönte sisters’ Uncle Fennel. Charlotte’s earliest recorded letter was written from the vicarage during one of the children’s brief holidays there.

    His interests have included competitive rallying (including an attempt at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Paris Marrakesh), and paragliding. These days he is content with art and opera.

    Vacation time aside, Len aims to answer student queries within hours.

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Copyright Basics: How to Protect Your Work from Piracy

Protect your most valuable asset - your intellectual property.
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

You’re an artist… a graphic designer… you’re writing a book… you’ve developed a website, you’re a photographer, you’ve recorded some great music.. .. you’re a start-up.

In that case, you really need to understand how to protect your intellectual property. It could be your most valuable asset- and the easiest to steal.

Someone breaks into Coca Cola’s premises and steals a truck. That’s easy to sort out. A truck is physical. Coca Cola owned the truck, they taxed it, they registered it. They even insured it against theft.

Intellectual property

Your photos. Your designs. Your novel. Your music composition are your intellectual property, so you need to understand the basics of copyright protection.

What will you learn in this Copyright Basics: How to Copyright?

  • The really basic stuff, like how to type a Copyright symbol © on your computer – you know, the little C in a circle in this copyright basics course.
  • The difference between copyright, patenting and trade mark protection. Why protecting a product design is different from a graphic design.
  • The ins and outs of registering copyright – and I’ll explain the dangers in using what’s called ‘Poor man’s Copyright’
  • I’ll reveal all the misconceptions - and there are lots! For example – THERE IS NO EQUIVALENT of the Drugs Enforcement Agency. There ARE no copyright cops. There is no authority that will sort out disputes for you
  • How to find out if someone has already registered a trademark
  • How the music industry and book publishers are protecting themselves against internet Pirate sites.

And I’ll show you how, even as a one-man band, you can get someone who infringes your copyright to desist - without going to law.

In fact, I’ll share a real-life Case Study where another writer copied my own website - wholesale. How I stopped her in one day flat.

AND, I’ll give you lots of really useful links. Plus some interesting anecdotes and history about copyright to amuse you along the way.

Take this Copyright Basics: course right now and learn how to copyright your intellectual property.

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    • Over 10 lectures and 1 hour of content!
    • In this course you will learn the basics necessary to protect your work from piracy – including how to create the copyright symbol © on your PC or Mac
    • The difference between copyright, patenting and trade mark protection. Why protecting a product design is different from a graphic design.
    • The ins and outs of registering copyright
    • The misconceptions - and there are lots!
    • How to find out if someone has already registered a trademark
    • How the music industry and book publishers are protecting themselves against internet Pirate sites
    • How, even as a one-man band, you can get someone who infringes your copyright to desist - without going to law.
    • Anyone who wishes to protect their creative work from piracy – writers, artists, graphic designers, website owners and developers, photographers, musicians, start-ups.

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CURRICULUM

  • 1
    What's it all about?
    03:24
    In this brief video, we describe the course - what it covers, what you will learn.
  • SECTION 1:
    Copyright protection
  • 2
    Welcome & Basics
    05:45
    Welcome and Basics

    In this session we…

    ·  We look at the three different FORMS of protection – copyright, trademarks and patents.

    ·  Explore what ‘copyright’ can offer you

    ·  And learn what ISN’T protected – and there ARE some surprises there.

  • 3
    DOWNLOAD NOTES - Welcome & Basics
    7 pages
    These pdf notes summarize everything we covered in the previous video. You can download and print them off by using the 'Extras' button, top right corner of this page 
  • 4
    Copyrighting your work
    04:53
    Copyrighting your work

    Learn when and how your work becomes copyright. Find out what is meant by ‘A FIXED, TANGIBLE MEANS OF EXPRESSION’. Discover what the Copyright Symbol © is really all about - and how to create it on a PC or a MAC.

    We also look at the Phonogram symbol for music copyright.

  • 5
    DOWNLOAD NOTES - Copyrighting your work
    6 pages

    DOWNLOAD NOTES -  registering your copyright

    After each video session, you will find a downloadable hard copy that you can print off, make notes on - and so on.

    To download the pdf, simply go to the 'EXTRAS' button, top right of the course page. A 'drop down' menu will then give you the option to download.

  • 6
    Irrefutable proof
    08:56
    Irrefutable Proof

    We describe a number of strategies for proving the date that you work became copyright - some of them free. We look at copyright and printed/electronic books and explain what an ISBN number is.

  • 7
    DOWNLOAD NOTES - Irrefutable proof
    10 pages

    DOWNLOAD NOTES - irrefutable proof 

    After each video session, you will find a downloadable hard copy that you can print off, make notes on - and so on.

    To download the pdf, simply go to the 'EXTRAS' button, top right of the course page. A 'drop down' menu will then give you the option to download.

  • 8
    Online piracy
    05:27
    Online piracy

    The growth of Torrent sites and Filhosters. We se how the DMCA helps and describe 'cease & desist' and 'takedown' letters - including how to write a takedown email.

    We also look at the new breed of online companies that will automate the detection and takedown of copyright infringements. 

  • 9
    DOWNLOAD NOTES - Online Piracy - especially the music industry
    5 pages
  • SECTION 2:
    Conclusion
  • 10
    Conclusion
    11 pages
    Everything in a nutshell

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REVIEWS

  • MS. Cuitláhuac Togo
    Good Experience

    He has the experience and idea

  • Richard Brassaw
    Generally Good Info (except the part about Poor-Man's-Copyright)

    Poor Man's Copyright is bogus in the U.S. If you want to sue for copyright infringement you don't need to register, but there's a catch. If the work is not copyrighted with the copyright office properly you are not allowed to sue for attorney fees. Don't take my word for it. Check out the government's copyright web site for yourself. In fact never take anyone's legal advice found online without checking out the law yourself.

  • Mohammad Joardder
    Great brief course

    I really appreciate the effort that Len made to prepare this brief good course. Thank you a lot

  • Mário Yaksetig Costa
    Very Helpful Course

    Really interesting course, perfect if you want to start learning the basics about Copyrighting, that keeps getting more and more important these days.

  • Aggelos Mpithas
    Nice and short

    Nice course from a nice instructor.You will get the basics of Copyright in less than two hours in a enjoyable way.

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