Sep 10 2010
What is a copyright?
Copyright is a type of protection granted by US law to writers for their original works. It typically applies to anything created in these fields – literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual creations. This protection is intended for published and unpublished works. The copyright owner has exclusive rights to the following.
According to section 106 of the 1976 copyright act, it is illegal for individuals or companies to violate these rights. Copyright comes into effect the instant a work is created in tangible form; therefore, registering it isn’t necessary unless you decide to sue someone for stealing your work. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
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