TAKEAWAY TIPS – Copyright for Creatives

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Arrgghhh! Intellectual property & Copyright. Where do we start?

It can sometimes be such a confusing process for creatives who want to protect their original designs, but luckily enough for our Training Wheels SYDNEY audience, Jennifer Ingrey from Idealaw was on hand to answer the tricky questions.

What do you protect? How do you know if you can protect it? Do you even own your IP? There were so many questions that were answered by our law guru Jennifer and we are so grateful for the time she spent explaining it to us.

We have summarised the in-depth copyright & IP session into our top takeaways.

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WHAT IS IP?

  • IP refers to the things created in and from a person’s mind. It is derived from creative or intellectual effort.

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR IP

  • This depends on your product and what it is you create. An illustrator may have IP in the form of logos, product line, illustrations and the product design.

WHY PROTECT YOUR IP?

  • If you do not own the IP or protect the IP you think you own you will not be able to further down the track develop or commercialise your products. You can also run into roadblocks such as brand protection & recognition as well as dilution of your potential IP should another person create something similar.

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?

  • Copyright is not a registered form of IP. You must create one provided you are an Australian citizen, resident or body corporate.
  • Copyright applies to substantial original works recorded in material form – published or not.

OUR TOP TIP

  • If you can’t afford a lawyer, you definitely can’t afford the dispute that may result after – Jennifer Ingrey

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Thank you to Jennifer for taking time out of her busy schedule to provide priceless advice and education on copyright & IP law.

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