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How can you get rich off copyright licensing?

Posted by Steve Vondran | May 21, 2022

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Here are a few ideas.

Music Copyrights

The Beatles are often cited as one of the most successful and influential bands of all time, and it is no surprise that they have also made the most money from copyrighted music. According to estimates, the Beatles have earned over $800 million from their music since they split up in 1970. The majority of this income has come from sales of their back catalog, which is still incredibly popular today. The Beatles are not the only band to have made a lot of money from their music. The Eagles are estimated to have earned over $550 million from royalties and licensing fees, making them the second-highest earner in this category. Other hugely successful artists such as Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and Ed Sheeran have also generated significant income from their music copyright. It is clear that copyright law can be very lucrative for those who create popular songs.

Photographer Unlicensed Photo Recovery

Many professional photographers have their work regularly stolen and used without permission - resulting in a loss of revenue. However, by copyright registering your photographs, images, and artwork, you can take action to protect your work and ensure that you are compensated for any unauthorized use. In the event that someone infringes on your copyright, you may be able to recover damages from the infringing party. Additionally, you can use the threat of infringement to negotiate a higher licensing fee for your work. With social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, it has become easier than ever for businesses to find and use copyrighted images without permission. As a result, it is more important than ever for photographers to take steps to protect their work.

Avatar and Character Creators

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, characters can be registered as copyrighted works if they are "sufficiently distinctive." This means that the characters must be more than just generic or stock characters, and must be original creations by the designer. Copyright protection for characters can extend to both visual characteristics and personality traits. In some cases, designers may also be able to trademark characters if they are particularly unique or well-known. By copyrighting or trademarking characters, designers can help to protect their creative works from being copied or used without permission. In addition, designers may also be able to license their characters to larger studios for use in films, television shows, or video games. This can provide additional income for the designer while also allowing the characters to reach a wider audience. Ultimately, copyrighting and licensing characters can be a valuable way for creative designers to protect and monetize their work.

Attorney Steve Tip:  Review carefully with the United States Copyright Office regarding copyright registration for characters.   I have a great blog here about copyrighting characters.

Jewelry Designers

As a jewelry designer, you likely put a lot of time and effort into creating unique and eye-catching designs. You may not be aware, however, that your jewelry designs are eligible for copyright protection. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, and jewelry designs can certainly qualify. By copyrighting your jewelry designs, you can prevent others from copying or selling your work without permission. If someone does infringe on your copyright, you will have the legal right to file a lawsuit against them. While copyright protection is not required, it can provide valuable peace of mind knowing that your jewelry designs are protected from infringement.

Parody Musicians and Artists

Weird Al Yankovic is a well-known parody artist who has been creating since Weird Al's first album was released in 1984, he has sold more than 12 million records. In addition to Weird Al, there are other parody artists who create songs that poke fun at the original artist or song. While some people may not be familiar with the term "parody," these songs are often funny and entertaining. Parody songs are protected under the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law. This allows artists to use a small amount of the original work in order to create a new work that is transformative and does not compete with the market for the original work. As a result, Weird Al and other parody artists are able to sell their songs without fear of infringing on the copyright of the original artist.

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Creating Derivative Works

The best way to make money off of copyrighted works is to create new works that build on the existing ones. This can be done by creating derivative works, such as sequels or spin-offs, or by creating entirely new works that are inspired by the originals. For example, J.K. Rowling has made hundreds of millions of dollars from her Harry Potter books, which are based on the original copyrighted work of the same name. Similarly, filmmakers often make money by creating films based on copyrighted books or other works. By building on existing copyrighted works, creators can tap into a built-in audience and generate significant revenue.


When most people think of copyright infringement, they think of unauthorized use of music, movies, or other creative works. However, copyright infringement can also occur when someone copies the design of a house or building without authorization. In the United States, architects can register their blueprints and plans with the Copyright Office, giving them the ability to sue for infringement. While it may seem unfair to copyright the design of a house, it is important to remember that architects spend years perfecting their craft. If someone were to copy their work without permission, it would be similar to stealing their livelihood. As a result, copyright law provides important protections for architects and helps to ensure that they are compensated for their work.

Fabric and Fashion Designers

Fashion designers have long been able to copyright protect their unique designs. More recently, however, they have also been able to copyright protect their fabric designs. This has led to a wave of infringement lawsuits, as many designers attempt to cash in on the popularity of certain patterns. However, it is important to note that not all fabric designs can be copyrighted. In order for a design to be eligible for protection, it must be creative and original. This means that simply copying a preexisting design will not suffice. Instead, the designer must add their own personal touch in order to make the design eligible for copyright protection. As a result, fashion designers who wish to protect their fabric designs must put forth the extra effort to ensure that their designs are truly unique.

Creating Games

Anyone who has ever played a game knows that it consists of many different pieces and elements, from the tokens to the gameboard. For people with a passion for games, certain elements of a game may be copyrightable. Copyright law protects creative works, and some argue that the pieces of a game can be considered creative works. The pieces of a game may be eligible for copyright protection if they meet the requirements of originality and creativity. If the pieces are found to be copyrightable, then the owner of the copyright would have the exclusive right to make copies of the work. This could potentially prevent others from creating or selling games that use similar pieces. However, it is important to note that copyright law does not protect ideas, only expression. So, while the pieces of a game may be copyrightable, the overall game itself cannot be copyrighted.

NFT Creators

A new popular form of monetizing copyrighted content is creating and selling NFTs. NFT is an abbreviation for "non-fungible token." These are digital assets that are stored on a blockchain, which is a distributed database that stores information in a secure and transparent way. Cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum, is used to purchase NFTs. The appeal of NFT is that they are unique and cannot be replicated. This makes them more valuable than traditional cryptocurrencies, which can be duplicated. For example, bored apes have created an NFT called "The Last Tweet," which was auctioned off for $2.5 million. If you are the creator of an NFT, you may want to register it with the copyright office before you list it for sale on sites like OpenSea and Rarible. This will help to ensure that you are the rightful owner of the NFT and that you will be able to collect royalties if it is sold.

Video Games

When most people think of copyright law, they tend to think of poets and musicians, or perhaps paintings and sculptures. However, copyright law also applies to video games. In fact, many video games are complex works of art that incorporate music, sound effects, graphics, and even unique characters, all of which are protected under copyright law. For example, the popular video game Fortnite includes original songs, artwork, and character designs, all of which are copyrighted. Similarly, the hit game Minecraft is also protected by copyright law. Even more surprisingly, competitive video games such as League of Legends also contain copyrighted material. As a result, it is important to be aware that copyright infringement can occur in the video game industry just as it can in other creative industries.


Podcasting has become an increasingly popular way to share information and stories, with millions of people tuning in every day. While podcasting is a relatively new medium, the law is still catching up. In particular, there is some confusion about whether or not podcasts can be copyrighted. The answer is yes, you can copyright a podcast. Copyright law protects creative works from unauthorized use, and this includes podcast episodes. In order to copyright your podcast, you will need to register it with the US Copyright Office. Once your podcast is registered, you will be able to seek syndication. Syndication is the process of licensing your podcast to other platforms or networks. This can help you reach a wider audience and generate more revenue. However, it is important to remember that you will need to have a valid copyright in order to syndicate your podcast. Without copyright, you will not be able to license your podcast to others. As a result, if you want to protect your podcast and ensure that you can syndicate it in the future, you should register it with the US Copyright Office as soon as possible.

Fine Art

While copyright law is often thought of as something that only applies to traditional media such as books, movies, and music, it can also be used to protect fine art. For example, the Mona Lisa is in the public domain, meaning that anyone can reproduce it without permission. However, other paintings by artists such as Van Gogh are still under copyright. As a result, painters and illustrators can profit from copyright law by selling their work or licensing it for reproduction. In recent years, the rise of digital art has created new opportunities for artists to sell their work online. For example, the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has allowed artists to monetize their artwork in a way that was not previously possible. Copyright law will continue to evolve in response to new technologies, providing new ways for artists to Profit from their work.

Contact a Copyright Licensing Law Firm

There is no single best way to get rich off copyright law, but there are certainly some strategies that can yield good results. One option is to create and defend your own copyrights. This can be done by creating new works of art, writing, or music, and then copyrighting them. Another option is to find someone who has already created something protected by copyright law and license it for use. Finally, you could also try suing people for infringement of your copyrights. While this last option can be risky, it can also pay off handsomely if you win your case. Whichever route you decide to take, remember that the key to success is protecting your copyrights and ensuring that they are not infringed upon.

When two parties agree to license copyrighted material, it is important to have a written contract in place. This contract should spell out the terms of the agreement, including how long the license will last and what kinds of rights are being granted. It should also specify how royalties will be paid, and whether the copyright owner will have the right to approve any changes that are made to the work. While it is possible to draw up a contract on your own, it is always best to consult with a lawyer to ensure that all of the necessary elements are included. By taking these steps, you can help protect your rights and avoid any disputes down the road.

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