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What does a copyright protect?

Georgia entrepreneurs like you have a lot of innovative ideas just waiting to be released into the world. Naturally, you would want to protect those things from theft. We here at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., wish to help you understand what can be protected by copyright.

Many business owners wrongfully believe that absolutely anything and everything can be protected by copyright. That is unfortunately not the case. Copyrights do not protect ideas, which means that if you don’t have a solid product that can be copyrighted in some way, you will not be able to legally get compensation if someone else takes and uses that idea for their own products.

Tangible items, however, are okay. Some of the items that do fall under copyright protection can include:

  •          Websites and computer software
  •          Video games
  •          Songs
  •          Books

Additionally, you can copyright things like blueprints, as something like that is considered an expression of an idea rather than an idea on its own. As long as you have something tangible to show for the idea you have, you will likely be able to copyright it. This will allow you to pursue legal action if anyone ever uses your content without asking for your permission first.

If you would like to learn more about copyright law, please visit our web site. You will be able to read more about the umbrella of things that fall under copyright protection and whether or not they apply to the items, ideas or products that you seek protection for.

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