Copyrights protect original literary and artistic expression that is conveyed in a fixed medium. For example, a book, a song or a movie is protected by copyright law. Ideas by themselves are not copyrightable. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to mail a copy of your work to yourself (poor man's copyright) in order to obtain a copyright. Your work is copyright protected the moment it was created! It is still a very good idea to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office so you can be awarded statutory damages if your work is infringed upon. I can handle your intellectual property needs, from assignments to licensing to registrations.

Permission to use someone else's copyrighted material? Do you know when you need it? Would you know who to ask? Avoid finding out the hard way, consult with me first.

I will research whether or not you need permission. If you do need permission, I will locate the copyright owner and negotiate a license for you. Some copyright owners will let you license their work for a fee while others require you to identify them as the work's copyright owner.