Copyright a Website: What You Should Know

Every publisher should be aware of what "copyright" actually means. As Keating Law Firm points out, it's a necessary consideration for all content creators, including website owners. Copyright registration is not mandatory for owners of creative works, but it legally clarifies their intellectual property ownership in court cases.

Intellectual Property Law

Once you create an article, a website, a photograph, a song, a video or any other type of intellectual property, you become the copyright owner (author) whether you register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office or not. It also doesn't matter if the work is published and released to the public or not. You then have the option to register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office, which makes it easier to collect damages if someone infringes on your work.

Website Copyright

A website can encompass many different media elements. Just because you own a site, however, does not necessarily mean you own all the content on it. If you use someone else's photograph, for example, they technically own the copyright of the image and you need their permission to publish it on your site. Some web publishers violate copyright laws without knowing it by borrowing images of other websites without permission.

You can claim code and design as part of your intellectual property, in addition to web content. It is not necessary to register your website with the U.S. Copyright Office to display the copyright symbol at the bottom of your web pages along with the year published, your business name and the phrase "all rights reserved."

While this language does not prevent someone from stealing your work, it lets people know that your work is protected. You might want to include a link to a more in-depth terms of usage page on your website. For further details on copyright laws, contact Keating & Lyden, LLC today!


Keating and Lyden

Keating & Lyden LLC was founded by attorneys-at-law, Robert J. Keating, and Thomas P. Lyden and is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Bellingham, Washington. The attorneys specialize in providing legal advice in real estate matters to businesses and individuals pertaining to real estate management and operation including: tenancy in common agreements, partition agreements, real estate financing, homeowner’s associations and land use issues. They also provide the highest quality legal services to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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