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Copyright Protection: Keeping Your Content Safe

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What does Copyright Protect?

Copyright law provides protection for original works of authorship. Above all, it gives the owner exclusive rights in the work created including to:

  • reproduce copies,
  • distribute copies,
  • create derivative works, and
  • authorize others to do so. 

When does Copyright Protection Start?

Unlike many other intellectual property laws, copyright protection starts upon creation. In other words, it begins when a work is fixed in a tangible meeting, copyright protection applies. 

How do I Ensure Copyright Protection of My Content?

Copyright Notice

The simplest first step is a “Copyright Notice”.   Specifically, a Copyright Notice makes the public aware that you claim ownership.  Notice also identifies the copyright owner for parties seeking permission to use the work.

Copyright Notice specifically consists of a single continuous statement that includes:

  • copyright symbol ©; the word “copyright”; or the abbreviation “copr.”
  • year of first publication of the work; and
  • name of the copyright owner.

Copyright Registration

For your key works, therefore, including unique software, databases, graphic user interfaces, manuals, writings, and recordings, register a copyright.

Additional Protections

Additionally, copyright registration provides these protections:

  • presumption of ownership and validity,
  • constructive notice to competitors,
  • legal foundation to pursue copycats,
  • ability to sue for actual damages and for a court order to stop the use
  • copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years

How to Register a Copyright?

To register with the United States Copyright Office, in particular submit an application to the Registrar of Copyrights along with a fee and a “deposit” of the work.  Truly, copyright registration provides a low cost, high value content protection.

Can I Get a Global Copyright?

Copyright registration covers specific territories.  In other words, registering a United States Copyright does not provide you an “international copyright registration.”  However, many countries participate in international conventions. International conventions and treaties provide protection in other countries.  In fact, a United States copyright automatically protects against infringement in a foreign jurisdiction that is a member to a convention. Specifically, no registration in the foreign jurisdiction required. Therefore, you can bring lawsuits against infringement not only in the United States but also many other countries.

Copyright protection can be a valuable mechanism to minimize your legal risk. 

Therefor, it’s a good idea to evaluate your current practices and then take that first step to securing your success.

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