What Happens to My Copyrights When I Die?

Jennifer Wickman Copyright

When an individual dies, their assets are distributed to family members, friends, charities, or other beneficiaries designated in a Will or Trust, or to heirs, as determined by state intestacy laws.  These assets generally include personal property such as furniture, jewelry, and fine china. What about intangible property, such as Copyrights? Copyrights, while considered intangible property, are also personal property. …

How Do I Copyright My Work?

Jennifer Wickman Copyright

The essence of copyright law is to encourage individuals to express their creativity and share that creative expression with the public without fear that the work will be taken and reproduced by others. There are two fundamental elements to a copyright: (1) an original expression that is (2) fixed in a tangible medium. An original expression means that the author …