28 April 2011

Some Helpful Copyright Websites

Since intellectual properties, such as copyrights, are so involved and controversial, I've decided to pass along some websites that other persons have passed to me or that I've found:

U.S. Copyright Office

Direct Legal's Copyright Guide

Brad Templeton's Guide to Copyright

Plagiarism Today: Main Site

Plagiarism Today on: Fan Art and Derivative Works

Hopefully, these websites can help you avoid headaches in the future, whether you are making original art or - dundundun! - making art or writing work that is based off another existing piece!

Also, take good notes on the differences between copyrights, trademarks, and patents. You would think it's simple, but it isn't! This stuff gets pretty confusing, and people aren't 100% protected, of course. But, like I said, hopefully all you guys and gals out there can arm yourselves with knowledge.

Happy creating!

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