Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You are required to register your work, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do the following...
Reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords
Distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
Perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, & choreographic works, pantomimes, & motion pictures & other audiovisual works
Display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, & choreographic works, pantomimes, & pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work and in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission
Prepare derivative works based upon the work
RIGHTS OF ATTRIBUTION AND INGERITY
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.
Each copyright application offers a unique scope of protection. Knowing your rights upfront is vital to securing your ownership of your literary work, sound recording, musical piece, screenplay, motion picture, painting, mosaic, or other type of artistic expression.
RIGHTS OF ATTRIBUTION AND INGETRITY
Examples of original works that can be protected under copyright law include the following:
Logos & Product Packaging
Software & Databases
Audio Recordings & Music
Film, Video Productions, & Motion Pictures
Technical & Architectural Designs
Books, Magazines, & Other Publications
Examinations & Tests
Mask Works (Semiconductor Chips)