What is a copyright?
A copyright is a form of intellectual property that gives creators legal protection over their creative work. With the copyright, the creator has exclusive rights to use and distribute the work. The creator can assign these rights to a company. The United States Copyright Office issues copyrights for those who file for one and meet the requirements.
You can get a copyright for various types of creative works, including:
literary works, such as novels, poems, books, plays and short stories
advertisements and other graphic designs
artistic works like painting, sculptures, drawings
architectural designs and other technical drawings
movies and tv shows
podcasts and radio shows
music, including sheet music, lyrics and recorded music
specific computer software code (but not the code’s functions)
chip design (mask works)
Filing for a copyright is not mandatory to receive the copyright - but it is advisable if you want to prosecute copyright infringement. By creating your work, you receive the copyright tor it. But to uphold the copyright, it is recommended that you still file for an official copyright to prevent your work from misuse, distribution without approval, and copycats. In the US, registration is required for enforcement.
The official copyright allows you the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and showcase your work publicly. In the US, copyright usually last for the life of the author plus 70 years if the creative work has been created after January 1, 1978. Other countries have similar rules.
Copyrights are a relatively simple intellectual property to register. They are also the most affordable to file. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
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