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Copyright Law

Copyright rights arise naturally when one creates an original artistic work. The work can be any original artistic creation, such as:

i) Literary Works - Books, Essays, Poetry, Articles, etc;

ii) Performing Arts - Music, Lyrics, Sound Recordings, Choreography, Scripts, Plays, etc;

iii) Visual Arts - Artwork, An Illustration, Architectural Works, A Jewelry Design, A Fabric Design, etc;

iv) Motion Pictures - Movies, Videos, Shows, Animation, Video Games, etc.

v) Photographs - Still Pictures, Personal Photos, Wedding Photos, Family Photos, Selfies, etc.

vi) Digital content - Computer Programs, Computer Databases, Websites, Blogs, etc.

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Copyright Law

The list above is not exhaustive of the kind of original artistic creations that can be copyrighted.

Copyright rights prevent the unauthorized copying of the copyrighted material. With certain exceptions (such as fair use), the copyright’s owner possesses sole rights to the copyrighted material. He can prevent unauthorized reproduction of the copyrighted material, creation of other works derived from it, distribution of copies of it, or its public use or display.

Similar to Trademark Law, one does not need to file or register copyrighted material to have copyright rights. However, registering the copyright with the US Copyright Office provides certain benefits that can be valuable, such as a legal presumption of the copyright in the US. These benefits are particularly important during litigation if one needs to stop an infringer.

IP Law World assists clients with filing and registering copyrighted material with the US Copyright Office to help protect their rights in the copyrighted material.


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