These Savvies explore the topic of Copyrights in more detail —
Pro speakers are experts who make a living by teaching our expertise to others. This makes the protection of our intellectual property a vital concern for all pro speakers.
Don't lose your copyrights because of carelessness or ignorance. Cover your assets (your intellectual assets, that is)!
When people consider their assets, they often think in terms of money or tangible objects. And if they're smart, they try to protect those monetary or material assets from damage or theft.
Just as you don’t want other people to “steal” your material, you certainly should not use other people’s copyrighted material without their permission. Unfortunately, speakers sometimes break the law without realizing it.
Speakers frequently think of copyrights as a way of protecting their recordings or their books. But there are other important applications of copyright protection.
A copyright notice technically isn’t needed to establish your copyright on your work. Your original work is automatically “yours” from the moment you publish it. However, if someone does copy your original work and then claims ownership of it, it’s easier to prove that you were the original owner of the material if you have marked it with a copyright notice.
Trademarks are another way of protecting intellectual property, and they're frequently used by pro speakers. In this session, you'll explore the two ways of trademarking something.