You may have heard of the “fair use defense”, where certain unauthorized uses of copywritten material may be allowed by law. Here at PBPA, we often get questions from clients about the “fair use defense.” What really is the fair use defense? Does it give nonprofits a free pass to use copywritten material? In this episode of the PBPA Podcast, Jennifer Sandlin with Eversheds Sutherland will answer those questions and more as we review the fair use defense for nonprofits.
Copyright & Trademark
Legal Considerations for When a Nonprofit Uses IP Created by its Founder
A nonprofit relies on its founder for its initial ideation, organization and drive. Many founders also create intellectual property that is used by the nonprofit, before and after the organization is created. During this webcast, our speakers will review some legal considerations and best practices for nonprofits around using content created by its founder including:
• What types of IP might be relevant?
• Is there a difference if a founder is a paid employee or unpaid volunteer?
• Written and implied license rights for use of the founder’s materials.
• Special considerations for internet content.
• If a nonprofit pays its founder to use their IP, what are the tax-exempt considerations?
Speakers: Ron Coleman, Partner at Parker Hudson & Robyn Miller, PBPA Senior Corporate/ Tax Counsel
Slides - When a Nonprofit Uses IP Created by its Founder
Webcast: Using Intellectual Property with Social Media
- Properly identifying your organization’s content
- How to best use others’ content without infringing it, including ‘what is fair use?’
- What is an “individual’s right to publicity” and how to avoid violating it
- Why it’s important to train staff and volunteers who post on behalf of your organization about these best practices
Beware of Trademark Scams
Protecting Confidential Information – Five Steps to Consider
How to File a Copyright Registration
Webcast: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Using Photos
Webcast: What You Need to Know About Licensing Your Materials
Webcast: Practical Tips on How to Conceive and Grow Your Brand
Webcast: Social Media for Nonprofits
Copyright Law and Nonprofits: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Materials from the Internet
Webcast: Navigating Common Copyright Issues for Non-Profits
You put a lot of creativity into your Organization’s logo, but have you protected it? Learn about Trademarks, and how to keep your image your own.
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What Nonprofits Should Know About Intellectual Property
Webcast: Truths & Myths about Trademarks & Copyrights
- What are federal and state trademarks and when they are useful
- Issues associated with the use of name
- What are copyrights and whether an application is necessary
- The costs associated with trademarks and copyrights.