Copyrights allow you to protect your book, song, computer program, or other creative work.
A copyright provides control to an author or other creator over his or her creative work. If you've ever written a book, a poem, a screenplay, a business proposal, a song, or a computer program, your copyright is what gives you the authority to say how that work is used. Registering your copyright with the United States Copyright Office will help preserve that right.
Failing to take this important step will make you vulnerable to those who might want to take credit (and profit) from your efforts. Failure to register your copyright makes it hard to prove that you really created your work and can cause you to lose critical rights. For example, failing to copyright could result in the loss of potential claims against others.
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All About Copyrights
LegalACE education center provides you with the information and resources you need when
considering a Copyrights. The Copyrights Guide provides general information about Copyrights, and the FAQs answer some of the most common questions people ask. This information
allows you to make informed decisions.
Registering a copyright for the play you wrote is tantamount to a public information campaign announcing that the play not only belongs to you, but that you have taken action to protect it from theft or misuse. LegalACE will register your copyright easily, quickly and inexpensively - whether it is for a play, an article in a magazine, a sculpture or a software package.
The subject of copyrights can be confusing, so this guide will address common questions and terms used to describe the process.
A Copyright is a form of protection granted by the U.S. Copyright Office for original works of authorship for a certain period of time. It is designed to guard creative works from being manipulated, stolen or pirated for other people’s gain. After the life of the copyright has ended, the work becomes part of the public domain, and anyone can use it.
Your work is protected from the moment you create it under U.S. Copyright law - even without registering a copyright. Taking the action of registering it, however, adds an extra layer of protection. For example, you must have a registered copyright on a piece of work in order to bring suit against someone in federal court for copyright infringement. It also enables the creator to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration, thus providing proof that you were the first to create the work in question.
For someone who is registering a copyright on a new piece of work, it typically lasts the life of the author, plus an additional 70 years. Then, the copyright registration is released. If it is an anonymous, pseudonymous or “work for hire” creation, the copyright lasts 95 years after first publication or 120 years after the year of creation, whichever comes first.
You can protect your intellectual property by registering copyrights for the articles, songs and artistic endeavors you have invested time, energy and finances on. LegalACE can help you accomplish this easily and inexpensively, adding an additional layer of protection that tells people that you own and control how the material is used.
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Although you get a copyright automatically by simply creating a work, consider the following consequences of not registering your copyright:
Registration essentially proves that you really created the work: If two people get into a court case where each of them claims to have created an art work, how will the judge know who really did? By registering with the U.S. Copyright Office in a timely manner, there is a legal presumption that the person that registered is the creator of the work.
You won't be able to gain damages if you can't prove what you've lost: If you fail to register with the U.S. Copyright Office before or within three months of publication of the work, and a court battle ensues over the copyrighted work, you cannot get a judgment for more money than what you can prove you lost.
You can't get attorney's fees: If you fail to register with the U.S. Copyright Office before or within three months of publication of the work, and a court battle ensues over the copyrighted work, you cannot sue for attorney's fees.
You cannot sue anyone for using your work: In order to sue someone for using your work, it must have been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
You would not gain protection in other countries: The United States Copyright Office works jointly with numerous other countries in offering copyright protection.
Thus even though you are theoretically afforded copyright protection by default and some people attempt to create a "poor man's copyright" (mailing the work to yourself by certified mail), there is simply no substitute for registering your work.
Copyrights protect literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. This includes such things as poetry, books, movies, songs, etc. In order to be copyrighted, there must be some means of recording or documenting the work.
You can't copyright things that are commonly recognized and used publicly, lists of ingredients (recipes), systems by which to do something, or anything that's made up of entirely common information (such as calendars or rulers).
No. Neither inventions nor trademarks can be copyrighted. Inventions must be patented. Trademarks are collections of words or symbols that represent a company selling something and must be trademarked.
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