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6 THINGS YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT COPYRIGHTING YOUR WORK

Aug 19, 2020
6 things you should understand about copyrighting your work and protecting your intellectual property for yourself and your company.
 
1) Ensure that your website footer makes reference to the copyright symbol and makes reference to the year, owner and company or training programme behind the site. For example;
 
© 2020 Louise Winchester. 
or
© 2020 Louise Winchester - The Quantum Leap Transformation Programme ®.
or 
© 2020 Louise Winchester - Sacred Space NSW PTY LTD.
 
2) Ensure that you also copyright your blog, vlog, products and services. So that means on each page of content making reference in any of the formats below, on the actual page of content. 
 
© 2020 Louise Winchester - The Quantum Leap Transformation Programme ®
 
or in the version lawyers would like to see you write;
 
© 2020 Louise Winchester - The Quantum Leap Transformation Programme ® All rights reserved. 
 
3) Ensure that in your terms of use for your website that you make reference to Website Terms & conditions of use as well as Copyright, check out the attached page to see in full the type of information you need on your site to be able to cover yourself.  https://www.louisewinchester.com/terms-conditions
 
4) When it comes to creating a business you can trademark the name of the business or teaching institution as a course creator. In addition if you are creating a modality or training programme you can list it as TM until 6 months have passed with your official trademark submission and then up-level your training to an ®. 
 
5) Don't forget if you end up training people to do work for you under your modality or training programmes, you need to put into your agreement the terms of the work that they are doing for you and that you own the rights to the intellectual property that you own.  If you are licensing a person to teach your content then you will need to make an arrangement around the payment for them to train under your supervision, or as a percentage of the income generated from the training activity. You should make reference somewhere that they cannot copy your intellectual property/training material, or teach your content if they choose to leave the agreement. If you deem it necessary, run your agreements through a lawyer to ensure your IP is sound, you should be implementing some form of confidentiality agreement. 
 
6) When it comes to finding someone breaching your copyrighted material, then sending a third party a cease or desist letter, written by a lawyer may be necessary. For this you will need to find an IP lawyer. Most often people will not continue to breach your copyright, once you send them a letter of this nature. 
 
Here are a couple of copyright, trademark lawyers that I recommend using to my students here in Australia.
 
 
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