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For assistance with your copyright issues relating to:

__ Published and unpublished works of the performing arts,
__ Serial works, e.g., newspapers, periodicals, journals, etc.,
__ Published and unpublished sound recordings,
__ Published and unpublished nondramatic literary works, 
__ Published and unpublished works of the visual arts, (pictorial, graphic, sculptural and architectural works),
__ Published and unpublished works of websites, programs, etc.



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COPYRIGHTS

Copyright is a type of legal, Federal protection to authors of “original works of authorship” that have been fixed in any tangible form of expression. Photographers, videographers, all types of artists, sculptors, architects, draftsmen, authors, publishers, software developers, poets, singers, songwriters, composers, employers (in the case of works made for hire), etc. can be copyright owners. 

The copyright owner has that automatic right from the time the work is created in fixed form – with or without the © notice or with or without Federal copyright registration, and the owner has the exclusive right to do and to license others to i) reproduce the work, ii) prepare derivative works, iii) distribute copies of the work, and iv) to perform or display the work publicly. 

Copyright is a type of legal protection for "original works of authorship" that have been fixed in any tangible form of expression. Photographers, videographers, all types of artists, sculptors, architects, draftsmen, authors, publishers, software developers, poets, singers, songwriters, composers, employers (in the case of works made for hire), etc. can be copyright owners. A copyright owner has exclusive right to do and to license others to, for examples, reproduce the copyrighted work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies of the work, to perform or display the work publicity, etc.  

The copyright owner has an automatic copyright from the time the original work is created in fixed form. However, there are distinct advantages to federally registering your copyright, e.g., public proof of your ownership, ability to file an infringement suit in Federal court, establishing evidence of copyright validity (if filed within 5 years of publication, which may be important in copyright infringement cases), eligibility for statutory damages, attorneys' fees, costs, etc.


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