Copyright is an area of intellectual property that is just as important as patents and trademarks. There are a lot of questions and misconceptions about copyright:
Step 1 – Date of Creation
- How do you get a copyright?
- Who owns the copyright?
- When does a copyright take effect?
In 1989, the United States became a signer of the Berne Convention
. Under this international treaty, copyrights take effect as soon as an idea is embodied in fixed media. What does that mean? It means if you write your idea down on a piece of paper, store on your hard drive, paint it on a canvas, carve it in marble, or capture an image — these are all ways of fixing