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What is protectable as a copyright?
Generally speaking, copyright protection extends to all literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture, so long as some minimum level of creativity or original expression is exerted by the author.
Copyright protection in the US, and in all countries signatory to the Berne convention, is automatic upon fixation to a tangible medium of expression. However, it is always beneficial to apply for a federal registration with the U.S. Copyright Office, as this provides the ability to sue in federal court, the right to statutory damages, as well as attorneys' fees and other benefits in certain situations. Accordingly, one or more well prepared copyright application(s), when allowed for registration by the U.S. Copyright Office, may effectively deter and prevent another from reproducing, distributing, or publicly displaying the works covered by the application(s).
In order to fully preserve statutory rights afforded by federal law in a copyright registration, it is recommended to file an application for a copyright within three (3) months of it being first published.
Our general copyright process for application of an original work of authorship in the US is typically as follows:
- Apply a copyright notice to your work(s), i.e. © Your Company Name or Your Name, wherever possible, including on all materials associated with the work(s), e.g. advertisements, website, packaging, presentations, the work itself etc., while you create and develop your work.
- Consider filing copyright application quickly and ideally within three (3) months of its first being published, in order to preserve rights to enhanced/statutory damages, among other rights.