Intellectual Property Bulletin

Crystal T. Broughan, Esq. - Shareholder - Intellectual Property Attorney
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Today many businesses rely on independent contractors for their creative work. But who owns the copyright for their work? And how long does copyright protection last? 

Another recent corporate trend is social responsibility. When leveraged with intellectual property, it can boost consumers’ trust… or backfire and actually hurt the brand. What can your company do to avoid this problem?

You will learn the answers to these important questions in this newsletter. If you have any questions about these topics or need guidance on any IP matter, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Thank you for your readership, support, and referrals.

- Crystal T. Broughan

Why a Work for Hire Agreement Should Be Signed in Advance

In the late 1970s, a US federal statute formalized the concept that a work is innately copyright protected at the time of creation. As written, “A work is created when it is ‘fixed’ in a copy or phonorecord for the first time.”


Following through with Corporate Social Responsibility

61% of consumers say they would switch to a brand that is more environmentally friendly than their current brand of choice. 

70% are willing to spend more money on brands that support causes or are conscious about issues they care about. 

And a whopping 81% feel that companies should try to improve the environment.


How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Copyright  registrations provide powerful legal protection. However, a registration does not last forever. 

The duration of a copyright registration depends on a number of factors. If you have questions about a specific work, the best course of action is to consult with an intellectual property attorney. 



- Why a Work for Hire Agreement Should Be Signed in Advance

- Following Through with Social Responsibility

- How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

- Library Of Congress 19th Annual National Book Festival

Library Of Congress 19th Annual National Book Festival

A few months ago, I signed up for the Library of Congress blog to keep track of new developments in the world of copyright and the Library of Congress. I learned that for the past eighteen years the Library of Congress has hosted a National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The original National Book Festival was founded by First Lady Laura Bush and James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress in 2001.

This year’s festival was held on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was scheduled to speak, along with many other well-known authors, Richard Ford, David McCullough, Jose Andres, David Brooks, David McCullough, Michael, Beschloss, Richard Powers, and Barbara Kingsolver to name just a few. 

There were at least twelve different stages on which authors spoke about their books and lives. Many of the authors sat and signed their books for anyone who was willing to stand in line. There were poetry slams, books for sale, games for children, and a pavilion hosted by the Library of Congress with videos, speakers, and copyright trivia.

I stood in line with my niece, Molly, for over an hour just to get into the Main Stage, so we could hear Richard Ford and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak. 


You Created It.
We Protect it.

Crystal T. Broughan
Intellectual Property Attorney





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