Protecting Your Online Turf


You have just created a website for your company containing photographs, fancy

graphics, articles you have written, and a detailed description of what makes your

company special (all, original works of authorship) You upload your new content to

your company's site, looking forward to the new business that your updated site is

certain to attract. The next day, your friend calls to tell you that she's seen some of

your website content on a competitor's website, with the names changed to look

like your content belongs to your competitor. What can you do?

When online content comprises "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible

medium of expression," it is subject to copyright protection under the federal

Copyright Act.

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