A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection extended to the authors of “original works of authorship” and arises the instant a work is created in fixed form. The author of a copyrighted work essentially has a monopoly over the work for his or her lifetime plus an additional 70 years, or 95 years in the case of corporate authors. During this time, the author has the sole right to reproduce the copyrighted work, prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work, or to use the copyrighted work for commercial gain.
Copyright protection can be particularly effective for businesses that create software, write instruction manuals, or create artistic or literary works such as movies, photographs, and books. Even businesses that do not create ‘copyrightable’ works must be cognizant of copyright laws to avoid infringement lawsuits and disputes over ownership of ‘copyrightable’ materials.
We assist clients in registering all types of ‘copyrightable’ works with the Copyright Office as well as bringing and defending copyright infringement claims in federal court.