To assist you in evaluating one’s intellectual property rights, ComedyGumbeaux.com has summarized general copyright principles and frequently asked questions below. This summary is applicable to United States Copyright law only. Please consult local laws regarding copyright laws in other countries.
THIS SUMMARY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE AND YOU MUST CONSULT YOUR OWN ADVISORS BEFORE MAKING ANY CLAIMS AS TO ONE’S RIGHTS IN THE WORKS PRODUCED.
What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the applicable law to creators of original works. This mainly applies to creative categories. The owner of the copyright usually has the exclusive right to use or distribute the work. Exclusive rights can include:
You do not need to formally register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office to retain intellectual property rights in your work in the United States. Federal registration of your copyrighted work, however, may give you additional legal tools to protect against copyright infringement (described below). For more information on federal registration of copyrights, visit the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://copyright.gov.
What types of work are protected by copyright?
Violation of these rights is called copyright infringement.
So, what’s copyright infringement and how do I avoid it when selling my Gigs?
Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without the rights holder’s permission. Using copyrighted material is against our Terms of Service and in addition, can be illegal, result in litigation or fines to you and your buyers and is not the original, unique work buyers expect to receive from sellers on ComedyGumbeaux.com.
If you use any content that you have licensed from a 3rd party as part of your delivery (such as stock photos, licensed music), state it clearly and don’t present it as your own. Also, be sure to verify that your license for 3rd party work includes the right to modify and resell this work.
Since this is not a legal document and copyright law is complex, here are a few tips to help you stay out of trouble:
For more information, see United States Copyright Office summary of Copyright Basics.
How do I report a claim of copyright infringement?
Visit our Intellectual Property Claims policy for complete information on reporting claims of copyright or intellectual infringement, as well as trademark violations.
Is copyright the same as a trademark?
Copyright is just one form of intellectual property. It’s not the same as a trademark, which protects brand names, logos, and other source identifiers from being used by others for certain purposes.
What is a copyright license?
Licensing is when a copyright owner grants permission to use the copyrighted work or part of it. This permission can include copying, distributing, displaying, transforming, or perform a copyrighted work. It could be limited in time, to a geographic area or to certain use cases, depending on the license.
What are Public Domain Works?
Works that aren’t restricted by copyright laws and don’t require a license or fee to use. Works enter the public domain because they aren’t copyrightable, or become part of the public domain because the copyright term has expired.