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Copyright Law

Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression.

Many different types of works are protected under copyright law, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and more.

Registering

Although copyright arises from the moment a creative work is fixed in a tangible form of expression, it is essential to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office to enforce those rights fully.

Registering your copyright puts others on notice that you own the work. It can also provide necessary evidence of your ownership when someone later claims to have created the work first.

Additionally, registering your copyright is requisite to pursue a lawsuit for copyright infringement in court. If your copyright is not registered, you are limiting the remedies available to you in court against those who would use your work for their profit.

John Laurence provides expertise in all matters relating to identifying, registering, and defending your copyrights. For more information, please contact us.