Protecting your content

Protecting your content

Businesses we deal with are sometimes confused how to protect their content. Here are our top 3 tips for protecting your content:

  1. Mark each page/post that has content you have generated with a © (copyright symbol), the year(s) and the person/organisation that owns the content. The year needs to be the first year of creation. If updates/additions are done then add in the date of the last amendment as a second date. For example, © 2010-2015 Acacia Law.
  2. Keep a record of your original content. In the above example, we would need to keep at least the 2010 document and the 2015 amendment of the document, but preferably every edition of the content. Copyright lasts for between 25 years from publication to 70 years after the death of the author (depending on the type of copyright work), so if the content is valuable do not delete this after the usual 7 year purge of business records!
  3. Keep a dated backup of your content off-site. We have had a surprisingly large number of cases where the materials have been destroyed in fires or floods.

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Mark Warburton About the author

The Intellectual Property Guru. His determination to protect innovation stems from a family legacy in which his grandfather, a genius inventor, had his innovations stolen and patented by someone he trusted, which led to his grandfather dying a pauper on a park bench. Mark is an international award winning lawyer and patent attorney and 3-time published author. His prowess in the court room sees him winning cases that others thought were unwinnable. Mark’s passion for protecting intellectual property shines through in his pro-bono legal mentoring, proactive legal workshops and 1-2-1 work with clients.