A copyright gives the owner of the mark the exclusive right to copy or exploit the expression of an original idea within a tangible medium. The exploitation could include anything from computer software; words, and music; choreographic works; graphic illustrations or sculptural works. Although you do not need to register an original work to have copyright protection, when used correctly a copyright registration has many benefits. Namely, when you properly register your copyright, and someone tries to exploit it, you may be entitled to attorneys' fees.
An author is protected as soon as the work of authorship is written down or recorded, and lasts for 70 years after the death of the author. However, if the author is a corporation, the copyright protection will extend 95 years after the last publication, or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.
We encourage you to contact our firm today to discuss the different protectable aspects of your original work, and provide knowledgable guidance to help you or your business to build a strong intellectual property portfolio affording you the most protection.