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.
What’s in a Name? Legal Considerations of Nonprofit Branding
Whether a nonprofit’s name is based on its mission, location, founder, or something completely unrelated, it is the keystone of the organization’s branding. If you're deciding on a name for your organization or a new program, or even if you are growing your brand, take a listen to this episode of the PBPA Podcast. In this episode, Creighton Frommer, Chief Counsel at RELX, guides us through legal considerations in selecting and protecting a nonprofit’s name.
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Trademarks: Nonprofit Brand Protection Options
Your organization has multiple options in how to protect its name through trademark. Depending on your geography, your budget, and the types of services your provide, your organization has choices. This article will outline the three different trademark protection options available to nonprofits and the pros and cons of each option.
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
Webcast: Protecting Confidential Information for Nonprofits
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
Copyright Law and Nonprofits: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Materials from the Internet
Legal Issues for New Nonprofits Webinar 6: Trademarks and Copyrights for Nonprofits
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.