Sep 10 2010

What is a copyright?

Category: Law


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 This protection is intended for published and unpublished works.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.

  • Copies of the work
  • Derivatives of the work
  • Distribution of the work
  • Public performances of the work
  • Displaying of the work

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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