People who are creative at heart may have grown up hearing that they need to get a 9 to 5 job to pay the bills and that their artistic endeavors should be relegated to a hobby. The reality however is that with the right legal advice, it may in fact be possible to derive income from your creations. In most situations this requires working with an intellectual property lawyer who understands what protections should be in place and how to make those protections work for you.
At one time there were only a handful of ways in which creative materials might be utilized that required a copyright protection. With the ever evolving digital media world however, there are now many more distribution and marketing platforms in existence. This has expanded the situations in which material needs to be protected, not only for new creations, but for those already in existence as well.
Today, creators or owners of content may find that their intellectual property will be repurposed in new media such as video games, marketing and advertising on the internet, internet applications, electronic publishing and CGI graphics, to name a few. Depending on when the work was created, it is possible that these types of media were not even in existence.
Proper protection and enforcement can result in revenue to the owner of the intellectual property via licensing agreements. To learn how we may be of assistance to designers, developers, graphic artists, recording artists, composers, directors, actors, writers or those who own content created by these individuals, please see our page on protecting rights to content.