When it’s created, it’s copyrighted.
I recently read an article on training site about copyrights and stealing intellectual property. I thought it was fitting topic for Talk To Me Johnnie as the information I provide is both original and freely given. Even though it is given away and I provide it in the hopes that are others will learn from my experiences, it is my property, it is copyrighted and it is owned.
The information and insights on Talk To Me Johnnie have been crafted and created after many years of training as an amateur, collegiate and professional athlete. These experiences are unique and much like my 100 career starts in the NFL and playoff experiences they are mine.
The workouts given on CrossFit Football are original material and my intellectual property and copyrighted by CrossFit Football, LLC.
In a time where the internet is chock full of cyber cowboys, keyboard samurais and those that believe that expertise is built through posting on forums instead of hours under heavy iron, this site offers some actual knowledge.
These are my original thoughts, ideas, interpretations and experiences. But don’t use copyrighted material to earn you money and stature. The information on this site, CrossFit Football, the logos and likenesses are copyrighted and trademarked and will be defended vigorously.
The samurai will keep an eye out.
So, how is it you didn’t use this same information prior to emailing me about my website that I started in 2006?
But since I offer education on this site, lets work through the difference between copyright and trademark.
Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms “trademark” and “mark” are commonly used to refer to both trademarks and service marks. Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. Trademarks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office.
I do need to check out the article you wrote, I just have better things to do.