Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Copyright Registrations

Happy Spring!

If you are reading this post, I am probably "preaching" to the choir. However, I cannot emphasize the importance of copyright registration in protecting your rights or even establishing them.

The new online US Copyright Registration System makes registration painless and quick. I have even considered breaking my own rules and offering a few tele-seminars or online classes on how to use it so that more people and companies will take advantage of this important tool.

I usually equate copyright registration to an approximate $35 insurance policy. SHOULD something go wrong and someone takes your work, it allows you to be able to collect attorneys' fees, enhanced damages, and the like. There are deadlines for these benefits, but they are well worth it. Also, it is important to have the registration completed should one need to immediately enforce their copyrights. Currently, a special handling for the US Copyright Office is $760 versus $35?! WOW!

Contact your favorite Intellectual Property Attorney today to set up a registration plan, visit the US Copyright Office and familiarize yourself with the requirements, talk to your whatever it takes.

Sorry to be on my soapbox today and usually we are a little more informative but this is a "friendly reminder." Now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Tammy L. Browning-Smith, J.D., LL.M
Browning-Smith P.C.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Orphan Works - Make Your Voice Heard

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Even though the blog is updated sporadically, we have multitudes of followers. Thank you for your loyalty!

The US Government is asking for your input, insight, and feedback regarding Orphan Works. We have known for some time that SOMETHING was going to have to appears as if everyone on all sides are trying to attempt to make it look at least a little fair.

Anytime comments are solicited from a federal agency and it affects your livelihood, we encourage you to participate. Rest assured, in the upcoming days, you will find our response on this call for comments. Please feel free to post your comments, letters, etc. to this post.

All comments must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Please read below and we'll do our best here to keep you up to date!

One Voice DOES Make a Difference!
Tammy L. Browning-Smith

Last year President Obama appointed and the U.S. Senate confirmed Victoria Espinel to be the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Her job is "to help protect the creativity of the American public" by coordinating with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property, which includes creating and selling counterfeit goods; pirating video games, music, and books; and infringing upon the many other creative works that are produced by artists in this country.

As you know, the unauthorized copying, sale, and distribution of artists' intellectual property directly impact the ability of artists and creators to control the use of their own creativity, not to mention their ability to receive income they have earned from their labor. This impacts U.S. employment and the economy, and our ability to globally compete.

As required by an Act of Congress (The PRO-IP Act of 2008), Ms. Espinel and her White House team are preparing a Joint Strategic Plan that will include YOUR FEEDBACK on the costs and risks that intellectual property infringement has on the American public.

Here's how to make yourself heard!
1. Send an email to Ms. Espinel and the Obama Administration: intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov2.

2. Include in your email: your story, why intellectual property rights are important to you, how piracy and infringement affect you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of creative Americans.

3. Also include in your email: your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are.

4. DO NOT include any personal or private information as all comments will be posted publically on the White House website.

All comments must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

(From the Copyright Alliance)

The Fine Print!

Since there may be legal discussions going on...there must be a disclaimer!

This blog is for educational and information purposes only. It does not constitute the practice of law. The attorney who writes this blog is only licensed in the State of Ohio and Michigan. There is NO attorney-client relationship of any type. You must sign appropriate documenation and have appropriate new client counseling to be a client of Browning-Smith, P.C. Each and every situation is different and all readers must seek his or her own legal counsel. The information on this blog is not guaranteed for any purposes nor is it to be relied on.