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Can sounds be trademarked?

Trademarking a sound is a relatively new phenomenon. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) successfully registered the first sound in 1978. However, over the years, it has been proven to be somewhat challenging for other companies to trademark sounds. A prospective applicant must follow stringent guidelines to do so.

What copyright protections cover

Copyrights are used to protect a person's rights to their artistic works. Artists may be delighted to find out that copyrights can be utilized to protect their rights for a variety of dramatic, literary and other creative works, including computer software, songs, architecture and novels. However, it is important to note that copyrights can't protect operation methods, ideas, facts, or systems.

You can sue a board member for a breach of fiduciary duty

If you have investments, a will, or a company with a board of directors, then you should know what the term 'fiduciary' means. It's a term that refers to someone who's in a position of responsibility. Anyone who assumes such a role, whether it's as an investment portfolio manager, an executive of an estate, or a board member, generally qualifies for monetary compensation or other valuable benefits in exchange for their services.

Registering a patent is often a complex process

A company's leadership often worries about safeguarding any tangible property such as computers, office furniture, and other items within their office building that they deem to be valuable. However, only a few business owners realize just how important it is to protect their intellectual property rights. One way individuals or companies can ensure that their inventions don't get knocked off by others is through patenting their idea. Design and utility patents are the most common patent types pursued for protections.

Do you know what the fair use concept is?

Most of us have probably heard that the reproduction of any copyrighted work is unlawful. Additionally, many individuals have likely come across the signs posted alongside photocopiers that highlight how anyone who violates copyright laws may be subject to significant fines. However, artists of all kind should know that there are some instances in which an individual can use copyrighted material without permission and not face penalties for doing so.

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