Posts Tagged ‘Intellectual Property’

Copyright Flowcharts and Checklists

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I am a big fan of flow charts, process maps and checklists in streamlining and organizing work.  While the downside is that you might miss important detail, I believe that the gains usually outweigh the costs in time saved and energy expended.

I previously highlighted Erik Heels’ excellent drawing that explains copyright law in my post here.  IP law firm Bromberg & Sunstein has a useful flowchart for determining when U.S. copyrights in fixed works expire.  Federal copyright law states that a work is “fixed” when it is embodied in a tangible medium of expression.  If a work is not fixed, it is not eligible for federal copyright protection, although it may have protection under state law.

Cornell University has posted a chart, Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, that details copyright duration in a different format.  The Copyright Advisory Network of the American Library Association offers a Digital Copyright Slider to determine if copyright protects a work that first was published in the United States.

The Copyright Management Center at Indiana University offers a Checklist For Fair Use.  U.S. copyright law basically defines “fair use” to mean that one can use a copyrighted work without infringing on the copyright.

Finally, on a more general level, Professor Lionel S. Sobel has produced a flowchart, a Copyright Navigator, a digital annotated concept map of the fundamentals of U.S. copyright law.

Drawing That Explains Copyright Law

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

A picture is worth a thousand words to Erik Heels, an engineer and patent/trademark attorney. Erik’s made a nice Venn diagram and then some showing copyright rights, fair use and unregulated uses. It’s here.

More details about copyright and registering a work can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office, where copyright records may also be searched.  Copyright law and policy, including current U.S. copyright law, regulations and current legislation also are available.  Finally, here’s a brief overview on international copyright law, highlighting key treaties and key differences between U.S. and international copyright law.