012: Protecting Your Creative Expression – The Nature of Copyright


In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Walnut Creek copyright law expert Kelley Way into the studio. This Walnut Creek native, wanted to practice copyright law since she was in high school, as two of her biggest passions are books and music. She fell in love with copyright law after resolving a case for her first ever client ? the copyright holder of a New York Times bestselling fantasy series ? and the rest was history.

Because copyright law is confusing to many, Kirsten and Kelley dive into a discussion of what intellectual property and creative expression actually mean and what makes them worthy of protection. Kelley highlights the different types of intellectual property and how long they last, and she later weighs in on how it can affect future generations.

Take Away From Episode #012:

  1. If an intellectual property asset will affect future generations, make sure they know what to look forward to and make sure they understand how to deal with their finances in a smart way.

Time-stamped Show Notes:

2:00 – What is intellectual property?

2:45 – How do you register to protect your intellectual property?

5:50 – Kelley discusses what kinds of assets are protected by copyright and what makes them worthy of registration

8:35 – If you have a copyright, what kind of protection do you get? (Hint: There is more than one type of protection, depending on the work)

12:45 – How long does a copyright last?

14:09 – Kirsten and Kelley discuss how and why creators can take back the right to their works and get a second chance at making their content a lucrative business deal

16:30 – Can heirs enforce certain rights when it comes to a copyright?

20:00 – What happens when someone inherits a copyright asset?

Episode #012 Freebie: What Is Intellectual Property? A Guide to Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents

What many people don’t realize is that there is, in fact, an overlap between copyrights, trademarks, and estate planning ? what they don’t quite understand is the “why” or the “how.” The key to bringing it all together is the background information, what each piece of copyright protection is for, how and why copyright protection works, and how your future and future generations can be affected if proper care is not taken. Absolute Trust Talk guest and copyright law expert Kelley Way shares exclusive access to her in-depth article, “What Is Intellectual Property? A Guide to Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents.” Kelley breaks down what each area of intellectual property and how all of these practice areas tie together, in an easy-to-consume, no-nonsense way.

To brush up on your understanding of copyrights, trademarks and patents, click here to read Kelley’s article!

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