How to Copyright Items

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A copyright will help to protect a poem, a story or a software package. Discover how federal law administers copyrights with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You may have recently composed a poem or written a short story or written a song or come up with a software package and you want to protect it and you've heard about this thing called copyright, but you don't know where to start to begin the process. Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question: How to copyright items. Well, first of all, the copyright law in the United States is a federal law, and is primarily governed and administered and supervised by the United States Copyright Office. They have a website that you may go to that basically describes what is the subject of a copyright and what is not. It delineates the difference between a copyright and a trademark and a patent. If you go on that site and you understand the terminology and the process and procedure, then you can follow that and apply for a copyright. If you don't, we strongly recommend that you seek the services of a specialist in patents, trademarks, and copyrights. You can usually find the names of those individuals in the Yellow Pages in your local phone book. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.


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