Imagine how frustrating it would be if someone stole your intellectual property. Let’s say you’re struck with an inspiration for a piece of creative work you’re doing. You sit down and start drafting it till you figure out what works best. After that’s done and you’ve finally created your work, you might have shown it to someone, only to find out that they plagiarised it. The work that you were so invested in could be out there, under the name of someone who didn’t work on it. Unacceptable.
Whether you’re working on creative pieces for your own pleasure or for someone who’s paying you good money for your work, it’s never okay for anyone to steal it. Intellectual property theft is the same as any other valuable theft from a person, as far as the law is concerned. Here’s what you should do if you ever find yourself in such a position.
Step 1) Get a Lawyer
Here’s where intellectual property theft differs from theft of physically tangible items. When some valuable object is stolen from your home, you call the police. However, if someone steals intellectual property, you need to hire an Incubate IP intellectual property lawyer so you can build a case that clearly shows how your intellectual property was stolen, to the authorities.
Step2) Make a Case
No matter what the intellectual property thief might say to claim that he’s the creator of the work, you have proofs that you were the actual creator. You can work with your lawyer to build a case that discredits the thief. You could include your right drafts of the piece to his end – there’s no way he has those now does he?
Some of us work jobs that are relatively less demanding physically; in the sense that they don’t put your physical heath at risk. Let’s say that you’re working an office job; you’re applying yourself mentally here more than anything else and while your office still cares about your health and well being, they don’t really have any responsibility if you get hurt at work for some reason. Yes, your colleagues may help you get back up but they don’t really have any legal obligation to get you helped out.
Now, if you’re working a job that could potentially end your life or cause you serious injury that could affect your life in the long term, then your employers have a direct responsibility to make sure that your health and safety is given top priority. Some railroad employers actually treat their workers as people capital more than actual people with lives of their own, which is why FELA (Federal Employees Liability Act) came to be in 1908.
For over a century now, FELA has protected the rights of railroad workers all over the United States. Their job is to make sure that workers who are injured or even killed during the construction and maintenance of railroads get compensation for their troubles in full. Some employers would offer state mandated compensation to their workers but in most cases this is hardly enough to compensate for the damages the workers face over the negligence of their employers. In some cases, the smallest neglect on the employer’s part can go a long way to ruin a worker’s life but no one’s ready to own up to such cases, which is where Harrington FELA lawyers in Chicago can help workers get their rights.