Laws of Copyright Protection

Laws of Copyright Protection

Laws of Copyright Protection

Every U.S. designer needs to know the law as it pertains to copyrighting their work. In this lesson, our fashion lawyer, Shirin Movahed, will explain what a copyright is and what types of work can be protected by law. You will learn about copyright infringement, statutory damages and cease and desist letters. You will also learn how to register your copyright and the types of exceptions, such as the Fair Use Doctrine. Learn about knock-offs and what to do if someone uses your copyrighted material.

Module Description
1 What is a copyright?
2 What Can be Copyright Protected?
3 Do You Need to Register Your Copyright?
4 Credibility of Infringement & Claims to Cease-and-Desist Letters
5 How Do You Register Your Copyright?
6 Can Someone Else Use Your Copyrighted Material?
7 Can you Copyright a Fashion Design?
8 The Laws Behind “Knockoff” Clothing Pattern.
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MODULE 1 • What is a copyright?

Hi, my name is Shirin Movahed. And, today’s lesson is the Laws of Copyright Protection. So, what is a copyright? A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States, specifically Title 17 of the US Code to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  1. To reproduce the work in copies
  2. To prepare derivative works based upon the work
  3. To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
  4. To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures, and other audiovisual works
  5. To display the work publicly in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work
  6. To perform the work publicly in the case of sound recordings by means of a digital audio transmission.


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