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Protecting intellectual property on social media can be tricky

These days, most companies have an online presence. It is often necessary to have a website, to participate on social media and to create online access to goods and services. However, posting online can be tricky when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Many business owners in Colorado may worry that others could violate their copyrighted IP.

First, it is important to know that one does not have to actively seek copyright in order for certain IP to be protected as copyrighted material. However, registering for official copyright can be useful as it could provide greater evidence in court in the event that someone else misappropriates IP and a copyright lawsuit ensues. It is important to note that websites themselves cannot be registered, but individual posts, photographs, songs and other works can be.

Because each individual component on a website would need its own application to register the copyright, it can be a difficult process. Additionally, various social media sites have their own policies when it comes to copyrights and the material posted on those sites. Some sites may claim a license to use posted material, which is why it is important to understand the terms and services of social media platforms.

Wanting to protect intellectual property is wise because IP can often be a driving force in the success of a business. If Colorado business owners are concerned about their copyrighted material and their online presence, they may want to discuss their options for better protecting their IP with knowledgeable attorneys. If parties are interested in registering their copyrights, working with experienced legal professionals could help them move through the process more smoothly.

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