A step-by-step guide to why, when and how to register a copyright in a website, with detailed information about:

  •   what copyright law does and doesn't protect 
  •   what website content can be registered 
  •   which forms to use 
  •   how to complete an application  
  •   why websites can't be registered as "serials" 
  •   what to do about website updates 
  •   the copyright definition of publication 
  •   what to deposit, and how 
  •   filing fees 
  •   other copyright protection measures 
  •   and more. 

Purchase: Copyright Protection for Websites

An indispensable resource for every website owner and blogger, explaining copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity rights, defamation, obscenity, and other applicable laws.

Thorough explanations of the public domain, fair use and other copyright defenses are provided in easy-to-understand language. The author also shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Communications Decency Act can be used to protect website owners and bloggers from liability for user-provided content.

Also explains the ins and outs of licensing music and other kinds of content for use in a web site, with information about the different kinds of licensing agreements; standard terms; royalty calculations, payments and accounting. 

Includes forms, quick-reference charts, resource list and more.

Purchase: Website Law

About the Author

Tom James is an attorney in private practice with over 20 years of  experience representing website owners, bloggers, businesses, nonprofit  organizations and individuals. 

The principal focus of his practice is  copyright and trademark law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the  University of California at Berkeley and Southwestern University, and a  past recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for legal scholarship  A long-time member of the Minnesota and local bar associations, he is  licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Minnesota, the  Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals,  and before the United States Trademark Trials and Appeals Board. 

Mr.  James has published articles in a variety of bar journals and consumer  periodicals, both print and online.