Intellectual Property for Freelancers: I Created It, So I Own It …. I Think

As a freelancer, you probably encounter a variety of relationships where the ownership of your work product or another party’s work product may be in a gray area. To make sure that you and the parties you work with are on the same page, it’s best to clearly address the ownership issues at the beginning of the relationship. That way…

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Trade Secrets: The “Dark Side” of Intellectual Property

Trade secrets are just that….secret. They help you do business by giving your products or services an edge over the competition’s. I call them the “dark side” of intellectual property because the term applies to information kept in the dark to outsiders. And it sounds cool. Here is a brief explanation of trade secret basics and how they can apply…

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Copyrights for Copywriters and Other Freelancers

Have you ever wondered whether you should apply for a copyright?  What does a copyright cover?  How do you go about getting one? If you’ve ever pondered these questions, the following description of copyright functions and how they apply to freelancers may provide some guidance. 1.   What is a Copyright? Formal copyright protection applies to original works of authorship, including…

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Tips for Trademarks and a Little Extra

If you currently own a business, or have ever thought about going down that road, intellectual property is an important issue to consider. Even for those who plan to stick with freelancing rather than build your business into something larger, you need to be aware of the legal implications of your work. Depending on the type of business you go…

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