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What is a Copyright and How Can You Obtain Federal Copyright Protections?

What is a copyright?

A copyright is a type of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorships such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Although copyright may protect the manner in which these things are expressed, it does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation.

Copyright protection is something every business owner should have at the top of mind. It is what protects your original creations from being used and replicated by other businesses or individuals.

It is an important area of law for artists, authors, and any business that creates original works of authorship to take ownership of their work.

Now that almost every business has an online presence it is imperative that business owners understand the copyright law.

Copyright is a form of federal protection in the United States through the "Copyright Law" of 1978.

This law provides certain protections to original works of authorship, allowing creators or owners of those works the ability to exhibit, perform, make copies of, distribute, and prepare derivative works of their original works.

Fun Fact:

One portion of social media that the copyright law does not protect are Domain Names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization that has assumed the responsibility for domain name system management, administers the assigning of domain names through accredited registers.

Curious whether your originals works, artistic creations, blogs, images, digital course, etc. are eligible for copyright protection?

We're here to help answer your questions!

Please contact Serna Legal Services at (312) 601-9859 or if you’d like to learn more about WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT AND HOW CAN YOU OBTAIN FEDERAL COPYRIGHT PROTECTIONS?

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