How Can I Obtain a Copyright in New Jersey? | What to Know

No matter what work you create, you may want to protect it. Fortunately, you may be able to obtain a copyright that legally protects your work from being stolen from others. If you would like to learn more about how to obtain a copyright, do not wait to reach out to our skilled New Jersey intellectual property attorneys today.

What is a copyright in New Jersey?

A copyright has the ability to protect original works of authorship, which means that anything originally created by you, ranging from music to computer programs may be qualified to receive copyright. With a copyright, you can feel more comfortable knowing that your work will be protected while also providing you both credit and recognition for it.  When you copyright your work, you have legal rights to it, which provides you with the authorization to reproduce, redistribute, transfer, or license to others.

To learn more about this process or about copyrights in general, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled New Jersey intellectual property attorneys today.

How can I copyright my work?

Contrary to popular belief, obtaining a copyright is not as challenging as it seems. If you have a skilled attorney on your side, the process can be quite simple. To begin, your attorney can contact the U.S. Copyright Office and provide a copy of your material to keep in the Library of Congress. Once that is approved, you can obtain a copyright notice within a year of the first publication.

What are my options if my copyright has been copied by another person?

You will need to retain the services of an experienced intellectual property attorney if you find that your copyrighted work has been stolen by another person. With the help of an attorney, you have many choices in this situation. First, you can recover monetary loss plus any profits, or you can win statutory damages anywhere between $750 and $30,000. If you are able to prove willful infringement, in some instances, you may recover up to $15,000 in damages. Furthermore, you may be able to recover damages for attorney fees and costs.

Do not wait to reach out to The Law Offices of Richard E. Novak, LLC if your copyright has been stolen. Our dedicated legal team is prepared to put you and your rights first. Contact us today.

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