Part 1 (the Law)
“Intellectual property” law is often misunderstood, though we encounter intellectual property every day. Mr. Schantz will outline the types of intellectual property, how rights come to exist, and what is protected by each. With a focus primarily on copyright law as it relates to creative works that churches might often use or encounter, he will discuss what works are protected by copyright, copyright duration, what acts might infringe copyright, and what exceptions protect certain acts in certain situations that would otherwise infringe. Mr. Schantz will offer and discuss some hypothetical situations and actual court cases as data points for comparison. He hopes to enable roundtable participants to analyze situations enough to know what might be clearly non-infringing or clearly infringing, and when to call your intellectual property lawyer.
About the presenter: Matthew R. Schantz
Matt Schantz has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, including issues of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law. He has written and prosecuted patent applications in electrical, electromechanical, semiconductor, software, mail processing, and electromagnetic technology, and has performed infringement analyses, preliminary patentability searches, and prior art research both prospectively and in support of litigation. Matt has also handled document production analysis, conducted case research, evaluation, and organization, and taken several depositions in litigation. He serves on the President’s Advisory Board of Rainmakers (an Indianapolis-based professional networking organization) and on an SBIR grant review panel for the National Science Foundation.
Matt has been married fourteen years, and immensely enjoys his two sons, Eli and Isaac. He and his wife co-direct their congregation’s God Made Me Ministry, serving children who have special needs, and their families.
This material is from a breakout session presented at MinistryCOM 2007.