Copyright law is a crucial aspect of protecting creative work and ensuring that creators have the rights to their own intellectual property. The purpose of copyright law is to provide authors with exclusive rights over their original works. These exclusive rights include the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, and create derivative works based on the original creation.
Without proper protection, your creative works can easily be taken advantage of or exploited by others. Our California copyright attorneys can help register your copyrightable works in a simple, low-cost process.
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A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.
A copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine.
A proper response should address all issues in the Office Action to avoid abandonment of the trademark application.
The first step is to contact our office for a free, no-strings-attached consultation. While no two cases are the same, if we decide we are a fit, we will discuss the next steps necessary in order to reach your goal and work closely with you to obtain the right protection.
Any original work of authorship can be registered, including poetry, novels, movies, songs, paintings, photos, lesson plans, online courses, software, architectural blueprints, even choreography. If it involved your creativity, it should be copyrighted.
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.
While a copyright is enacted by default from the moment an original artistic, literary or musical work is created, there are several reasons why you might also want to register the work for legal protection. Registering for a copyright will:
– Publish a record of the copyright for public viewing
– Allow you to file an infringement lawsuit
– Enhance your copyright’s validity in court
– Give you access to additional financial recovery if your work is stolen
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