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Testers needed for the Myows Cogen (Contract Generator)

On 01.16.12, in Announcement, General, Legal

We’ve been working on this feature for over 6 months – busting both legal and development challenges – and I can barely contain my excitement as we are nearing releasing the Myows Cogen to the world and offer you a way to generate, send and get approvals for copyright licenses relating to your work. (more…)

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Legal Answers to your Copyright Questions

On 11.04.10, in Announcement, Legal, Resources

We’ve been wanting to expand on our very popular Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers series and would like to know what your questions about copyright are – what is, after reading the series, still unclear to you – and how we can improve our app further to meet your needs.

Grab this unique opportunity to ask your copyright basic question and get an answer from an experienced IP lawyer

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Where is the Morality?

On 09.10.10, in Legal, Resources

We were recently shocked and stunned here at Myows to find our logo, site design etc. sitting snugly within another person’s portfolio of work, where it was being passed off as his own on his website.

Fortunately, the offending site was taken down after we alerted him to the error of his ways. But the case raised some interesting questions about what could be done legally in situations like this where someone claims your work as their own.

One of the legal options available is to claim and enforce your moral rights over your work.
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Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers : Part 3

On 01.19.10, in Legal, Resources

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In Part 3 of the series on Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers, I will look at some of the main issues that arise when you take your work online and how you can continue to protect your copyright while exploring new ways of sharing your work with a wider audience.

The internet is not public domain

One of the first myths about content on the internet is that it is free for everyone to use, copy and share. This is a dangerous misconception which can lead to some messy disputes.

Take a recent example of a photographer who found that a mainstream UK newspaper had used one of his photos on the popular photo-sharing website, Flickr, without his permission. Although the photographer had clearly posted a notice on his Flickr page that “all rights were reserved”; the newspaper still assumed that because Flickr was a free-to-use website, it hosted public domain content which was free for anyone to use.

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Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers : Part 2

On 01.15.10, in Legal, Resources

Copyright basics - make money from your creativity

In Part 1 of our series of articles on copyright for graphic designers, I introduced you to the basics of copyright – what it is, how it can be infringed and how to protect it.

In Part 2, I will look at the traditional ways you can make money from your creativity.

Copyright is like a picnic basket with different goodies inside. You may not want everyone to share everything in your basket, and instead you want to limit what they can and cannot do with your copyright. For example: you may allow one person to publish your work as is, while allowing another to adapt it and publish a new version.

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Copyright basics for graphic designers – Part 1

On 12.23.09, in Legal, Resources

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If you are a designer, your bread and butter is your creative work. Unfortunately, the internet and other digital technologies have made it easier for copycats to steal your work or pass it off as their own. The law of copyright is there to protect you. But if you don’t know how copyright works or how you can use it to protect your work, it is pretty useless.

In this series of articles, we hope to arm you with some working knowledge on copyright and how you can use it to protect your creative work.

What is copyright?

Without getting into the legalese, copyright is basically the right to stop other people from copying, publishing or adapting your creative work without your permission.

Looking at from the opposite angle, the owner of the copyright in an original work has the exclusive right to copy it, publish it, display it, distribute it, or make new works from it.

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The dangers of selling your work online

On 11.18.09, in Legal, Resources

Traditionally, creative types have been compelled to offer their work to the end-user via wealthy gatekeepers who have had access to the capital needed to exploit the work. In doing so, they have signed over most of their rights to the middlemen in return for a small percentage of the royalties earned from the sale or exploitation of their work.

With the advent of the internet, a new platform has developed for creatives to offer their work to the market without having to go through the gatekeepers. However, there is a downside: this new platform is also a breeding ground for copyright infringement.

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Legal Protection has never been this easy

On 11.15.09, in Legal, Resources

Consulting with expensive lawyers has never been high up on any creative’s agenda. Indeed, when their work is stolen or copied, creatives have traditionally done nothing for two simple reaons: firstly because its more hassle to seek legal help than it is not to and, secondly, because many creatives don’t actually know what their rights are.

In the world of digitization, file sharing and online publication however, the widespread copying of creative work has become a big issue, and one that can sometimes cost creatives their livelihood. Creatives need to be proactive about their rights in order to protect their work from unscrupulous idea pirates.

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