Per the United States Copyright office, a Copyright is a form of intellectual property law which protects “original” works including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. “Original” means merely that the author produced the work by his or her own intellectual effort, as distinguished from copying an existing work. It is important to obtain Copyright registration for such original works in order to protect them and deter others from making unauthorized use. See below for a detailed list of some of the original works for which Copyright registration may be obtained.
WHAT CAN BE COPYRIGHTED?
- Graphic Arts
- Choreographed Dances
A common misconception is that Copyrights can be used to protect ideas, concepts, systems, logos, names and slogans. However, the proper means for protecting most of these would be Trademarks and Patents. Our firm also assists clients with Trademark registrations to help establish and protect their brands.
The most important advantage of obtaining Copyright registration is that it enables the creator of the work to enforce their rights through litigation should there ever be an infringement. Without a formal registration, creators of original works have almost no remedies available should their work be used by someone else without permission. Formally registering a Copyright is a complex and involved process which requires the careful attention of a knowledgeable attorney.
If you would like to formally register your work with the United States Copyright Office and begin protecting your rights, please contact the Justice Attorney Group online, or by phone at (877)205-8784 , to arrange your free consultation.