Copyright law protects original works that can be seen, reproduced, or communicated in some way.
Here’s what you should know about copyrights:
- The types of works that can be protected by copyright include: books, music, dramatic works, pantomimes and choreography, pictures, sculptures, graphic works, movies, sound recordings, architectural works, and computer software, among other things.
- Even if someone on the other side of the country creates a work identical to yours, you can both on a copyright in the work if you meet the legal requirements.
- Registration is not mandatory, but it is required before you can sue to enforce your rights. Also, if you register early, you are entitled to certain benefits, including the presumption that your copyright is valid and up to $150,000 and attorneys fees in a lawsuit without having to prove financial harm.