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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place.


I’m doing a little series on copyright law, all in regards to filling out and checking out our frequently asked questions or FAQs up on our website, You can take a look at some of these questions we’ve gotten over the years from inventors, creators, just like you, covering lots of different subjects. We’ve given really clear-cut answers to those in written form. I’m just here giving them to you today in video just to make sure we get the point addressed.

The question comes up every now and again with regard to copyright: how long does it last? Right, how long do I have rights for? And it’s pretty cool, as opposed to patent law, where you only get 20 years from the date of filing. Copyright, the way the current statute is written, the author gets 70 years, 7-0 years, after their death. My goodness, it’s a long time. So, the drafters of the law in Congress wanted to award artists, and they realized that unfortunately, a lot of artists don’t end up seeing the monetization, the market adopting their art within their lifetime. So, you might have heard a lot of famous artists, they may not even have known that they were ever famous until after they were gone. So, they wanted to give those monetary gains to their heirs. That’s the idea of allowing 70 years after the death of the author.

So, that’s the answer. There’s more details on our website again at Check us out. We’re really known for doing patent law and intellectual property. What’s really cool is when we work with our inventor clients, those who are starting new technologies, we help them with all of their IP rights and talk about trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets. So, please take a look at that. There’s something in there for you. If you want to take some more time and invest 30 minutes, we offer 30 minutes of our own time to speak with you at no cost by booking a free 30-minute consultation. You can do that today. You can also call in at 800-849-1913. I’m your host J.D. Houvener of the Bold Today Show. Go big, go bold.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at