The content provided by the firm is not for resale. You will only use protected content for your own use and will not use it for any other purpose without the express written consent of the firm and the copyright owner. You acknowledge that you do not get ownership rights to any protected content. The content is provided solely as a service to our clients.
In general, yes, working very hard does play a role in how much you should be paid. However, being paid less because you work hard also depends on what type of job it is and who your client is. For example, if you were an intern at a large law firm and worked long hours but did not lead to any legal work, your supervisor might not pay you even though you put in many hours. This would be because they could find someone else to hire for the position who would be willing to work for less money.
However, if you are an associate at a small firm and work hard but are led by a partner on all matters then you should be compensated better than someone who doesn't contribute anything but gets paid the same amount as those who make significant contributions. In this case, working hard plays a role in determining your compensation.
Finally, if you are a sole practitioner and work hard but don't have any clients then you won't be paid anything.
When the work is created, it is deemed to be protected by copyright. Exclusive rights (in whole or in part) of a copyright owner can be transferred to another party, but it must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner to be regarded legal. For example, a photographer could license their images for use on websites.
It is not possible to transfer copyright before it exists. If you want to protect an idea or concept before you write anything down, a patent application must be filed. Patents are discussed further in a later section of this guide.
Copyright protects the expression of an idea rather than the idea itself. So if you wanted to protect a simple phrase such as "My name is Joe," copyright would not cover this word sequence because it is not an original way of expressing yourself. However, if you wrote a poem about your experience meeting someone new named Joe who was interested in photography, this would be eligible for copyright protection because it is an original work that uses words to express an idea.
Copyright cannot be transferred by implication or default. This means that although everyone has the right to copy their own photographs, if you give someone permission to copy photos from your camera they must do so properly or they may be violating your copyright.
The unlicensed selling of an illegal copy may likewise constitute an infringement. As a result, it is critical that you identify whether the works you copy are still protected by copyright or are in the public domain. If they are not, you should not copy them.
Works entered into the public domain cannot be protected by copyright and therefore can be freely copied. These include: poems, songs, stories, artworks, photographs, and films. Copyright protection for these items ends when they enter the public domain or if the creator dies without renewing the copyright. In other words, once a work enters the public domain, it can be reproduced and sold without permission from its owner.
Copyrighted works remain protected even after they have been published or broadcast. The only time copyright expires is if the creator dies without renewing their copyright or if they give up their rights by failing to register their work with the copyright office within five years of publication.
So yes, you can sell an infringing copy of a work that has entered the public domain. However, even if a work is still under copyright, you should not copy it unless you have permission from the owner.