If you have images, music, or copy on your website, are you confident that you own the rights to them? Some royalty-free rights expire. The photographer or musician may end their relationship with the site where you purchased the rights. How does that affect your use of their intellectual property? Can you use it any way you want? Do you need signed releases from all the people in photos? What about public domain photos? And those royalty-free music files you downloaded from YouTube? The questions get even more complicated if you’re an agency handling websites for clients.
A lot of us create content and we don’t want people stealing ours, so we should show the same courtesy to the people who create work. That’s tough to do if you don’t know the rules. But we’re not lawyers! Fortunately, we’ll have a lawyer sharing his knowledge on this subject with us.
Howard A. Caplan is an attorney specializing in business, trademark, copyright, corporate, and franchise law. This includes intellectual property like written content, music, and photos. He has chaired the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Franchise, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section and Sports and Entertainment Law Section.
After running a successful multi-million dollar business, Howard decided to attend law school, first founding his solo practice in 1994. Having run a business, he has the ability to recognize the difference between what’s important and what’s not worth fighting over. Caplan’s articles have appeared in the American Bar Association newsletter Franchise Lawyer. You may have seen him quoted in the Financial News and Daily Record or the Jacksonville Business Journal or heard him lecture at the UNF Coggin School of Business or Florida Coastal School of Law.
We’re still virtual, so you’ll need to supply your own pizza and beer or wine. Networking at 6:45; program begins at 7:00.
Join us for Did You Steal That Photo? (Are You Sure?)
When: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Where: Virtual Meeting via ZOOM. You will be sent a link to access prior to the meeting.