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What is a copyright and how can I obtain one?

Protect yourself and your work. Copyrighting your original creations can give you the exclusive right to reproduce, publish, or sell them.


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


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.


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

  • Sculptures

  • Fabric Designs

  • Examinations & Tests

  • Mask Works (Semiconductor Chips)

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