If you’ve poured your heart and soul into creating an artistic piece of work, you need to protect your ideas. Working with an intellectual property attorney is your first step in protecting your hard-earned and fought for work.
Copyright and Rights Related to Copyright
Copyright protection covers literary works (such as novels or plays), films, music, artistic works (such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures) and architectural design. Copyright law protects authors, artists, and other creators when it comes to their literary and artistic creations that are commonly referred to as “works”. Works covered by copyright include, but are not limited to: novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers, advertisements, computer programs, databases, films, musical compositions, choreography, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, architecture, maps and technical drawings.
In addition to copyright rights, there are also Rights Related to Copyright. Such “related” items include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms (such as records) in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs. Beneficiaries of related rights include performers (such as actors and musicians) in their performances; producers of phonograms (for example, compact discs) in their sound recordings; and broadcasters and broadcasting organizations in their radio and television programs.
Immediate Copyright Protection
If you have an original idea, such as a screenplay or piece of music, that you’ve written created your work is automatically protected under copyright. Copyright protection is immediately extended once the piece of work is set into tangible form. This means that once the piece is accomplished, you alone have the sole right to produce and reproduce your work.
That being said, we always advise our clients that if they’ve created a piece of work, they should protect it.
Benefits of Protection
Copyright and related rights protection and laws are in place as way foster human creativity and innovation. Through this form of protection, artists, authors, and all other forms of creators are provided a form of recognition and fair economic reward for the pieces they develop, design, and build into fruition.
Copyright laws and the enforcement of such laws allows individuals and companies to more easily invest in the development, production, and global dissemination of their works, and thus increases culture, knowledge, and entertainment the world over, while also stimulating economic and social development.
Registering your work establishes a public record of your legally enforceable and exclusive right to distribute and profit from your creative work. A copyright owner is able to litigate against improper use of his or her work to recovery statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed upon, and/or actual damages.
Copyright Registration and Application
The copyright registration process differs according to the type of material produced, but always involves sending a copy of your work and a processing fee. We can help you prepare your work for submission. Typically, you will submit a copy of your work which you will not receive back.
The work will then be made public. You should be aware that when you register your claim to a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, you are making a public record. All information provided on your copyright registration is available to the public and will be available on the Internet.
The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies. It is completely dependent on the number of applications the Office is receiving and clearing at the time of submission and the extent of questions associated with the application.
Certificate of Copyright Protection
Once registered, your certificate of copyright protection will be mailed to you.
The skilled attorneys at Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm can review your work and help you prepare and submit your work for copyright protection.
Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm
Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm provides patent services to protect the inventions that change and shape our world. We handle handles patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing legal services in Denver. Our experienced attorneys provide strategic guidance, patent counseling and prosecution, new product clearance and licensing, as well as counsel regarding patent enforcement and how to avoid possible infringement issues.
Our patent attorneys actively and aggressively represent plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of proceedings before courts both domestically and internationally. We provide solutions that anticipate our client’s need to protect their intellectual property so that their business thrives. We would love to work with you to develop a dynamic strategy that addresses your patent, trademark, copyright, and licensing concerns.