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Copyright Law

Copyright law gives an author rights in his original “works of authorship” once they are “fixed in a tangible medium.” Such works can include literary works, musical works, dramatic and choreographic works, pictures and graphic works, sculptural works, videos, sound recordings, architectural works, and others.

One of the Rules

One of the rules of copyright law is the “idea/expression” dichotomy, which is that while copyright protects a specific “expression” of ideas or facts, it does not protect the underlying ideas or facts. For example, registering a copyright on software code may protect from someone copying the exact code as it is written, but it may not protect against someone writing different code that performs the same functions.

Through copyright an author is given the exclusive right to reproduce, modify, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display a work of authorship. While copyright technically exists as soon as the work is fixed in a tangible medium, there are many benefits to federal registration, including putting the public on notice of the registration, giving the author the ability to sue potential infringers, making it easier to transfer ownership of the copyright, and others.

Copyright Protection

In general, copyright protection for new works lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Copyright protection for new works made for hire lasts 95 years from the first publication or 120 years from the creation of the work, whichever is shorter.

Copyright Services We Offer

Listed below are some of the copyright services we offer:

  • Preparation and registration of copyrights
  • Consulting related to potential copyright infringement 
  • Preparation of copyright licenses and assignment agreements
  • Other consulting and general assistance related to copyright matters