What is a Copyright?
Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of the original work exclusive rights to use and distribute his/her creation for a limited time. The term ‘’exclusive’’ means that the copyright owner has the right to exclude others from using his/her work without permission. The following works fall under the protection of Copyright law:
- original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works
- sound recordings, films
- broadcasts, cable programmes
- the typographical arrangement of published editions
- computer programmes
- original databases
Copyright law protects the form of expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves. The protection granted by Copyright law ensures the owner’s rights to:
- reproduce the work
- prepare derivative works
- perform the work
- distribute copies
- display the work
The copyright notice must contain the word “copyright”, (©) sign, the date of publication and the name of the copyright rights owner. Unless you give your rights up willingly, nobody is allowed to use your work without permission.
How to protect your work from copycats
Creating something new and original can be very exciting. However, creating something original is one thing, protecting your creation is another. Copyright infringements happen at every step. The most common examples of copyright infringements are recording movies in cinemas, downloading movies and music from pirate websites, using someone else’s photographs and content without permission and many more. Protecting your work from copycats can be simple with a little legal know-how.
The US Copyright law (Copyright Act of 1976) is intended to protect an original creation by rewarding the author with exclusive rights to sell or publicly display the original creation. These exclusive rights expire 70 years after the death of the author.
Though you have rights to your work once you create it, you will need official registration to enforce these rights. By registering your work you will gain rights to statutory damages and attorneys’ fees in case of copyright infringement.
Being aware of your copyright rights, you can disclose copyright infringement cases and make use of the US Copyright law. Have you become the victim of Copyright infringement? Was your work used by copycats without any reference or notice? The first thing to do is to sue. The legal penalties for copyright infringement range from $200 to $150,000. The infringer also pays for an attorney and court costs. In some case, the infringer can even go to jail. Copyright infringement disputes can be resolved through direct negotiation, a notice and takedown process, or litigation in civil court.
Yet, whether you are an author or an artist, a musician or a film producer, you are entitled to create something original and engaging. You are not obliged to spend your time and energy on protecting your copyright rights. Hiring an experienced copyright lawyer will save you from unnecessary worries about registering and protecting your copyright from copycats.
The experienced attorneys at the Margarian Law firm have extensive and profound knowledge of intellectual property laws. They will proceed your copyright application and registration process. They will also provide you with solid legal guidance, as well as pursue your interests in a copyright infringement dispute. Thus, trust your case to the skilled attorneys at Margarian Law firm and allocate all your time and energy to creating something original.