Copyrights are a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Where the owner of a copyright is a natural person, the author may be granted a period of exclusive ownership in this intellectual property for the author's life plus 70 years. Where a company owns the copyright, the period of exclusivity is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation.
The Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, see Circular 40, Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts.
Although registration is not a condition of copyright protection, copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
We provide economical searches of the U.S. Library of Congress to check for the existence of copyright registrations. The firm provides consultations and registration services for all types of copyrights, including text, art, and computer software. The firm also represents plaintiffs and defendants in copyright infringement cases. By giving the public notice of its copyrights through the use of a copyright notice, an author becomes entitled, in case of infringement, to an award of damages and, in some cases, attorney's fees.
The professionals at our firm are experienced in securing, licensing, and litigating copyrights for a wide variety of works. Additionally, we also have cutting-edge experience in the application of copyright law to software, the Internet, new technologies in entertainment and communications, and computers. This understanding of our clients' technologies and business environment, as well as copyright law, allows us to advise clients on protecting intellectual property assets in the technology sphere.