A copyright (international symbol: ©) is a form of protection for original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyrights consist of a set of exclusive rights pertaining to such works. Primarily it is “the right to copy” an original creation. It is also the least expensive form of protection that can be acquired by authors of “original works of authorship.” An original work of authorship may include:
- works of art
- textile and jewelry designs
- computer programs
- architectural works, including blueprints and maps
More information regarding copyright law can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office website.
Technically, your original work is under copyright protection the moment it is created. While copyright registration is voluntary, one cannot bring a lawsuit in the U.S. without a registration. Registration also carries major benefits including ability to register with customs, and the right to elect statutory damages in a lawsuit.
Baker and Rannells can assist you in obtaining official copyright registration for your original work of authorship. Once registered, we can also assist you with the development of licensing and/or distribution agreements so that you can collect royalties on your original work of authorship.
We represent musicians, actors, artists, television producers, and authors, as well as Fortune 500 companies and other organizations. Baker and Rannells’ copyright attorneys have the experience and skill to assist you in preventing copyright infringement, and seeking damages from infringers. We also have experience in defending clients against claims of infringement. Our copyright attorneys excel at handling all types copyright matters.