What is a Copyright?
A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection, available for original works in a tangible form. Regardless if these original works are published or not, a copyright gives the author of a work exclusive rights. This means that the original author or creator has the exclusive right to sell, reproduce, or publish his or her original work.
What Rights Does a Copyright Owner Have?
The primary goal of a copyright is to protect the time, effort and creativity that the original creator put into the work. As a result, some rights that a copyright owner may have include:
- The exclusive right to reproduce the work;
- The exclusive right to produce derivative works – or works that are based on the original product;
- The exclusive right to sell, lease or otherwise transfer ownership of the work to another;
- The exclusive right to perform the work publicly, if applicable;
- The exclusive right to display the work publicly; and
- The exclusive right to authorize another person to perform any of the aforementioned acts.
How Do I Register my Copyright?
While it may not be necessary to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, it can be beneficial for the owner. Registering a copyright provided a public record for the copyright claim. In addition, it may be necessary to have the have a copyright registered if you seek to file an infringement lawsuit.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me With My Copyright?
Copyright law can be quite complicated. It may be a good idea to consult with an attorney about your copyright. An experienced intellectual property/copyright attorney can help you understand your rights and even guide you through the copyright process.
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