Every end product – a song, script, logo design, brand name, or poem, does not exist because of just one final decision. Each end product results from days, weeks, months and sometimes, years of processes and efforts. Some products are masterpieces that require unpleasant sacrifices and physical pain. As such, it would be terrible if you ever experienced intellectual property theft as a creative.
Today’s Creative Gist explores the topic of copyright infringement, the damages it incurs, and how creatives handle the situation. Read on as five creatives share their experiences on the question prompt; have you ever experienced intellectual property theft?
Protect Your Intellectual Property
Copyright infringement isn’t just a legal offence but also a moral one because there’s a profound disregard for one’s efforts and sweat. Unfortunately, copyright infringement is one of the most complicated cases to judge or win without evidence. In most cases, the wronged party is no famous celebrity like Oga Sabinus, whose talent management sued Peak and Gala for copyright infringement in 2022. The case gained traction thanks to Oga Sabinus’ popularity. Usually, the regular creative needs to have undeniable evidence to get justice. Even Oga Sabinus’ case lacked sufficient legal grounds to win. As such, you must always guide your intellectual property (IP) and adequately document your creative processes, as evident in this 2020 IP case won by the complainant.
Read more about copyright infringement and protecting your IP here. In the meantime, have you ever experienced intellectual property theft? How did you handle the situation? Tell us in the comments.
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