What Are the Most Common Copyright Errors?

What Are the Most Common Copyright Errors?

When most people think of copyright errors, it’s assumed that these are made by others using copyrighted content. However, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, many artists, writers, and creators make mistakes when protecting their work. As such, you must do everything possible to protect your content. The following blog explores the most common mistakes made by creators and owners and how a Bergen County, NJ copyrights attorney can assist you when registering your work and pursuing action for infringement.

What Common Copyright Errors Do Creators Often Make?

By far, one of the most common errors creators make is failing to register their work. Copyright is great, as once something is created, it is automatically granted copyright protections. However, this leads many to assume there is no reason to register their work with the United States Copyright Office. If you want to pursue legal action against someone who uses your content without your permission, your work must be registered with the office. Doing so also allows you to recover statutory damages and compensation for your legal fees.

Another error many copyright owners make is failing to understand the Fair Use Doctrine. In general, this allows people to use someone’s copyrighted content as long as their use is transformative in nature. This includes news, education, commentary, or criticism. Often, copyright owners assume that when someone uses their work without permission it is an automatic violation when, in reality, it is protected under Fair Use. Similarly, creators may use another owner’s work, assuming it constitutes Fair Use when it does not. Understanding this doctrine is vital in both regards.

How Can I Protect My Work?

If you are a content creator, whether you sculpt, create computer software, or compose songs, ensuring you take the necessary steps to protect your creation is essential. After all, this is your hard work, and you deserve credit for the time spent on your creation.

When you write a book, draw a comic, or create a screenplay, ensuring you contact an experienced copyright attorney is essential. Unfortunately, you may find that the process of registering work can be complex, or you may have questions when pursuing legal action against someone who has violated your rights as a creator. Similarly, working with a copyright attorney can ensure your work constitutes Fair Use to avoid another copyright owner taking legal action against you.

At the Law Offices of Richard E. Novak, our dedicated legal team understands the complexities of copyright registration and infringement. As such, you can count on our firm to help guide you through this process. We understand how imperative it is for you to protect the creation you’ve worked hard to bring to life. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you through this process.