Many Members of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana have such unique and revolutionary ideas. With innovations like these, it is important to be sure that they are properly protected.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners often share similar concerns over how to protect their work. They should consider the steps necessary to ensure that someone else doesn’t claim their product or service as their own. Copyrighting can offer some protection.
The minimal requirements to claim copyright are fixation, which indicates the idea must be fixed in some tangible medium of expression, and originality, pertaining that the material or idea can be copyrighted only if it is original. Copyright requirements can vary across countries, however, in the United States, the most common formalities are recording a work on a tangible medium, registering the work with a copyright office, and using a copyright notice, also known as a copyright symbol (the infamous “C in a circle” or ©), which clearly indicates that the work is protected by copyright and may not be copied without the originator’s permission.
Copyright registration, although not a stringent requirement, is needed to gain remedies from statutory damages against infringers.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) website can provide Members with additional information on the process of copyrighting and copyright requirements. For more tips from the Innovators’ Toolbox, visit www.NWISOI.org.