Whether you are a small business with one employee or have hundreds of employees across the globe, if you have a website, you need to have a copyright policy. Your rights should be protected from any kind of copyright infringement, which is when your work or ideas are taken without authorization. This quick guide will help you understand your legal rights regarding copyright policy.
Copyrights are essentially part of intellectual property law. Anyone who has created an original work such as a song, artwork, writing, photography, computer software, or any other kind of creation has a right to ensure that others do not steal the idea and profit from it. Most people are unaware that a creator’s copyright begins the very moment a work is created. However, including a copyright policy on your website will ensure that you are protected in case any of your intellectual property is stolen by someone else.
Why You Should Include a Copyright Policy on Your Website
The internet has made the world a very small place, and by placing your business on the internet, you are essentially introducing your ideas to the world. Every bit of your business that you put on your website is up for public consumption and can be viewed by almost anyone on the planet. Many unethical people will copy and paste images or content from websites and share them as their own, oftentimes for profit. This is not only unethical but also can become an issue regarding your brand. Even more importantly, the search engine Google will identify two websites that have strikingly similar content and lower the rankings on both. Google has no idea which website created the words or images first but knows that there is some sort of plagiarism or intellectual property infringement and therefore penalizes all parties.
Copyright Policies May Deter Infringement
While there is no legal responsibility to include a copyright notice on your website when you do include one you are putting any person who visits your site on alert that you take your intellectual property rights seriously. Having a copyright policy on your website may even deter those who would consider using your intellectual property for their own profit or gain. Although your content is always protected with or without a copyright policy, having one is a relatively inexpensive way to assist you in any possible legal battle you may have in the future. A copyright policy essentially creates a formal and legal notice that you have created the works that are featured on your website.
Contact an Experienced Business Attorney Today
Contact an experienced business attorney to help understand how to ensure that all of your rights are protected. At De Cárdenas Law Group, we make it our mission to help you with your business. Give us the opportunity to show you how we can help you stay compliant and protect your legal rights. You can schedule a meeting with our legal team in San Francisco or South Pasadena by calling (626) 577-6800.