Can Intellectual Property Rights Safeguard Your Blog?
A blog is like any other creative work of literature manifested in a different form.
Due to creative and original use of expressions, blogs are deemed to be counted
as private property for which Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can be sought. A
blog may contain an amalgamation of such rights since blogs do not merely utilize
words and phrases but also videos, eBooks, music, etc.
Copyright and Blogs
Copyright is a legal protection afforded to an original, creative literary, musical, or
artistic work. However, the content must reflect an expression of something since
ideas are not governed under copyright. The protection under copyright is
instantaneous and immediate to the works being created, and therefore, it is not
necessary to have such rights registered. However, there are a few additional
benefits that are attached to the registration. The registration acts as a prima
facie proof of the date on which such rights came into being, and the
infringement proceedings, as provided for in the respective copyright act of some
specific jurisdiction, can be deployed for seeking enforcement of such rights. It
may not always prevent unauthorized copying; however, it may serve as a public
notice by securing a public record in one’s favor.
The process of seeking registration can be cumbersome and tedious. Therefore, it
is always an option to copyright the entire blog. However, after the first
registration is obtained, for every addition made in the form of a new video or a
fresh write-up, supplementary registration may be required. There are a few
websites that endorse the policy of automatic copyright over the content
projected therein after giving due acknowledgment and credits to the author of
The mode of registering copyright has been eased by most of the jurisdictions by
providing for online and offline formats. The cost of filing is generally lower if the
online mode of registration is pursued, along with it being fast