Licensed Copyright Practitioners
United States Copyright Representation
William Scott Goldman – William Scott Goldman is the founding member of Goldman Law Group, representing creative business clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Goldman received an LL.M. in Patent and Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University and is licensed to practice before several courts. See Goldman Law Group for copyright practitioners.
What is Copyright?
A copyright is the exclusive legal right to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.
Copyright law does not protect your idea. Instead, copyright protects the tangible expression of your idea or system. Let’s say you come up with a new coffee brewing technique, and you write a book about the trick. The copyright of your book will prevent other people from publishing the text and illustrations describing the technique. But it will not give you any rights to prevent others from using your new coffee brewer.
Copyrights, patents, and trademarks protect different things
Copyrights, patents, and trademarks protect different types of intellectual property.
- A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work.
- A patent protects an invention.
- A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services.
For example, if you invent a new kind of coffee brewer, you would apply for a patent to protect the invention itself. You would apply to register a trademark to protect the brand name of the coffee brewer. And you might register a copyright for the video commercial that you use to market the product, or the book you write to describe the technique.
- For United States copyright information, go to copyright.gov.
- For United States patent information, go to uspto.gov/patents.
- For United States trademark information, go to uspto.gov/trademark.