If you’re an entrepreneur or anyone else starting a new small business, then you need to be wary of copyright infringements. This is especially true if content – either written or visual – plays a big part in your business, because copyright infringements can dramatically reduce your profitability.
There are numerous ways to protect your business from copyright infringement, including by engaging the services of a commercial lawyer who has experience with copyright law. With this in mind, I’ve outlined a few of the simplest things that you can do.
Note that this isn’t a complete list, and that it’s not designed to take the place of professional advice.
Use A Copyright Lawyer
The most important thing to do when it comes to protecting your business from copyright infringement – which, by the way, occurs when someone else uses your intellectual property without permission – is to hire a commercial lawyer with copyright experience.
There are a number of ways a copyright lawyer can help you remain protected, including:
- They will advise you on the best course of action to ensure long term protection of your intellectual assets.
- They can follow up potential copyright infringements, catching them before they escalate.
- They will advise you on the best course of action if you want to prosecute someone for copyright infringement.
Ultimately, I’d never try and start a new business without speaking to a lawyer with copyright experience, even if the business wasn’t heavily dependant on intellectual material.