Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Copyright Basics

Copyright laws can be different internationally verses U.S. copyright laws. This article only speaks to help people understand U.S. Copyright laws and identify possible means of assistance or guidance when filing a copyright. To begin, let’s first define what a copyright is according to the United States Copyright Office, “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” In other words, a copyright is attributed to an author of a particular work. The author does not need to publish the work to have the copyright status. The next most important thing to know is what exactly a copyright protects. 

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright, [is] a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, photos, drawings, choreographic works and architecture. But, the list is not limited to just these things. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.” Although these various works are protected by a copyright without an official filing, it is always better to file for an official copyright when possible. By doing this it registers the work with the federal government. This makes it official that the work was created by you. 

If you have questions about filing a copyright, give The Legal Eagles a call. We can work with you to help you file a copyright and protect what is rightfully yours. 

The Legal Eagles Inc.

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