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Can intellectual property law protect a website?

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2021 | Intellectual Property |

Often, a website is integral to, if not the driving force behind, your business. However, at times, business owners neglect to consider whether or not their website can be protected.

As one of your most valuable business assets, protecting your website should be a top priority. As a result, the ways in which your online platform can be offered legal protection warrant further consideration.

Copyright protections

As a result of the Copyright Act 1976, websites qualify for protection under copyright law. Due to this legislation, web material such as blogs, music, games, videos and webinars can all be offered legal protection.

Crucially, the law only extends to material that can be classified as original. Items that have merely been forwarded from one location to another would not qualify. Also, it is worth noting that a copyright only covers the material that is currently on the website. Material uploaded at a later time would require additional protection.

Protecting your logo

Your logo is often one of the most important aspects of your brand. It may be the item that stands out in the minds of potential customers. As a result, it is a part of your business that is worth protecting. A trademark or a service mark could offer protection for all of your unique business graphics and logos.

Understanding some common methods of protecting your business could be in your best interests. If you feel that your legal rights have been violated, it is important to know that there are options available to you as a business owner.