One of the most important things when it comes to business is ownership. The last thing that any of us wants is for someone else to get credit for something that we worked so hard to create. Registering your work is a necessary action that must be taken if you intend on bringing someone to court for stealing your creation. If you don’t, there is no real proof that anything belongs to you.
Two things that are put into place for the security of your work are Copyrights and Trademarks.
A copyright or “the right to copy”, is the exclusive rights given to the creator of an original work (literary, musical, or artistic) to be given credit for the work, to determine any changes made to the work, determine who may perform the work, and who may financially benefit from it. A copyright is optional, but you must be registered if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement to court.
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design, or a combination of these things used to identify and distinguish the source of goods or services of one party from another. Like a copyright, a trademark is not mandatory, but if you plan on suing someone for use of your creation and you are not registered, don’t count on winning. Federal registration of a trademark gives notice to the public of the creator’s ownership of the mark and exclusive rights to use it.
Nobody wants to be a victim. Here at Black Light Network we make it a point to inform the public of any information that we feel should be common knowledge to the people. We prefer for you to be prepared in the event that you have to take legal action or protect yourself against a thief. No matter what your business is, we are here to help.
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