As a Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker, and Trainer, MY MISSION is to raise awareness of copyright law in this digital age and how it affects each of us every day.
I have a passion for teaching-- and bringing some FUN to a (potentially) dull, but very important, topic.
I offer customized workshops and presentations for Professional Associations, Business and Public Groups .
Copyright in our digital age: Copyright Skills are Life Skills.
Copyright Myths/ Copyright Basics.
Help! My content’s been stolen!
What you need to know about copyright to protect your business—with an action plan. (Best Practices)
How to protect your original content—Your GOLDMINE
Plagiarism vs. Copyright infringement .
Finding images that are “free-to-use” or low cost.
Social media—what does “I agree” to terms and conditions MEAN?
What’s on Your website? How not to be sued for copyright infringement .
Information presented should not be construed as legal advice.
Barbara Ingrassia’s background includes: Copyright Management Certification (Special Libraries Association) Certificate for successful completion of Copyrightx (HarvardX --Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University) Certificate for successful completion of Copyright for Educators and Librarians (Duke University) Many courses through the Center for Intellectual Property (University of Maryland, University College)
Because it is so easy to search/copy/paste/send in a matter of seconds, information moves rapidly across the street and around the globe.
Documents, email, photos, posts on social media, blogs, websites, audio, video—all probably include content protected by the U.S. Copyright Law.
People have many misunderstandings about copyright in the digital age--one being that content on the Internet is free to use.
People who would never think of using someone's physical property without seeking permission are unaware that they may be unintentionally using intellectual property without permission… …until they receive that letter from an attorney—and it’s not their attorney. With their heart pounding, they frantically tear open the envelope to find that they have allegedly infringed the copyright of the attorney’s client. The client is demanding payment of a large fee for a license. An awareness of copyright basics could have helped them avoid that.
We are all CONSUMERS and CREATORS of copyrighted content. (No formal registration is required!) Businesses and organizations of all sizes (for-profit and non-profit) need to take measures to protect the original content they create.
Artists, photographers, and musicians face special challenges.
Businesses are aware of many compliance requirements (OSHA, ADA, Sick time, Minimum wage, Overtime pay, FMLA, etc. etc.) but often don't realize that compliance with the U.S. Copyright Law is also important; non-compliance can be just as/even more damaging to a company as non-compliance.
President and Founder
I empower entrepreneurs/organizations to use US Copyright Law as a tool to protect their content.