As an artist, whether you create music, drama, literature or art, you want your product protected. You don’t want someone else taking your work without your permission. You may be afraid of “putting it out there” for fear of it being taken and used by others.
That’s where intellectual property, or “IP,” comes in. IP comes in three forms: copyrights, trademarks and patents. Patents protect inventions, which is for another time. This article addresses copyrights and trademarks.
Protecting the products of your creativity need not be very expensive or time-consuming. This article explains what IP is and briefly illustrates how copyrights and trademarks can be used as tools to protect works within the entertainment industry.
Note: This article only briefly touches on a field of law that is very extensive and complex. It is meant to be an introduction containing general information, not legal advice. Please consult an attorney if you have specific questions about your unique situation.
Below are the basics on copyrights and trademarks: what they are and why you should care.