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__ Published and unpublished works of the performing arts,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__ Published and unpublished sound recordings,
__ Published and unpublished nondramatic literary works, 
__ Published and unpublished works of the visual arts, (pictorial, graphic, sculptural and architectural works) 
__ Published and unpublished works of websites, programs, etc.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 violations (or infringement) is the unauthorized use of a copyrighted work in a way that violates one of the original copyright owner's exclusive rights (see items i) through iv) above).  A “bootleg” copy of something is more than likely an illegal copy of something.  In many jurisdictions, including the U.S., copyright infringement is a strict liability tort or crime, which means the plaintiff or prosecutor must prove only that the act of copying was done, rather than the existence of a guilty intent. Exemptions from copyright violations include “fair use,” which is a defense unique to the U.S. (based on our First Amendment right to free speech.) 

Special Handling is the expedited processing of a Federal copyright application registration, and is particularly beneficial for pending or prospective litigation, customs matters, or contract or publishing deadlines that necessitates the expedited issuance of an official copyright certificate.


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