Protecting Your Craft Shows Profit - Copyrighting Your Crafts
We're not just talking a knock-off of yours, or even something that is just similar -
no, this craft is virtually a carbon copy. You don't know if you should say something...
what if she was making the craft first? Then you would be copying!
You can protect your crafts from copyright and trademark infringement - and often times
it is as simple as making the craft itself. We'll discuss three things you should know
about copyrighting and trademarking - and maybe even patenting your crafts.
A copyright comes with construction - Most people don't realize that a copyright comes
with the actual creation of something. While you can't copyright knitted sweaters, you can
copyright a design or symbol that is on your goods. Where copyrights particularly apply is
in the area of "intellectual" or artistic crafts. This might be poetry, photography,
painting (or most forms of art) and other 'artsy' media. As soon as your creation is
complete, it has a copyright. For further protection, you can register a copyright.
Trademarking your unique symbol - Trademarking is different from copyrighting in that
you are laying your claim to a symbol or design that is particular to your crafts. For
example, if you are selling silkscreened T-shirts at the craft show, and you have a symbol
to denote that it is one of your shirts, that symbol can be trademarked so that no one can
use it. Trademarking protection becomes important if your symbol is very identifiable -
and people buy the shirts because of the symbol it has on it.
Patents for specific designs - Patents are different from both copyrighting and
trademarking. Patents are usually reserved for specific designs that are not typical
anywhere else. For example, let's say you designed a birdfeeder that would automatically
fill up when it sensed the weight of a bird on the outside perch. That would be something
that you could patent (if it hadn't been patented already). Patents are usually reserved
for ideas and new applications; and to get a patent, you need to provide plans, proof that
it is an original idea, and a host of other information in order to get it.
Generally speaking you will run into crafts and designs that are similar to yours - but
rarely ever exactly the same. Still, you do want to protect the ideas and the unique value
of your crafts, so you may want to take the copyright and trademarking protection to the
next level. You can register trademarks and patents with the United States Patent and
Trademark Office and copyrights can be registered at the US Copyright Office.
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