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Copyright law exists to protect creators of original creative works.
Copyright in the United States lasts through the lifetime of the author plus an additional 70 years.
A copyright by definition covers literary works, musical works, including any accompanying words, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, which are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, and architectural works.
As the owner of a work, you are not legally required to register for copyright in order to be protected by copyright law. However, there are some benefits to registering for copyright that entices rights-holders to do it.
Here are some benefits as explained by copyright.org:
“Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within five years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.”
In order to sue for infringement, you must register your work for a copyright first. So if you’re concerned that somebody is going to steal your work, it’s wise to register for copyright as a precaution. Registration can also disqualify an innocent infringement defense from the offender.
It is extremely important for sellers to know how to properly file a copyright, and to understand under what conditions a copyright protects. Avoid problems before they arise by protecting your brand from the start.
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