You need to protect your works so no one else can benefit illegally from your efforts. As with patents, exclusive rights to works of authorship are founded in the U.S. Constitution and are awarded as a basis to both promote the progress of the arts and to reward the creator of such works.
This course focuses on helping you to develop your skills and confidence in assessing the business issues involved with works of authorship and copyrights. At the end of this course you should be able to:
+ Describe how copyrights are a bundle of rights that can be owned and licensed independently.
+ Explain why works of authorship created by employees belong to the employing organization.
+ Apply the key steps associated with obtaining copyright registration.
+ Explain the risks and punishment for copyright infringement.
+ Articulate the distinction between “fair use” and infringement.