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Q: What does copyright protect?

A: Copyright is a form of intellectual property. The copyright law protects s original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture.


Q: What benefits do you have from copyright registration?

A: Having a registration is generally required for bringing a copyright infringement lawsuit. Copyright registration allows the owner to be eligible of pursuing statutory damages and fee’s against post registration infringers.


Q: Who owns a copyright?

A: Under the protection of the Copyright law, the creator of the original work is its author. The author has the rights that all its copyright unless assigned to another person or entity by written agreement.


Q: When is a copyright considered infringement?

A: When a copyright infringement takes place it typically includes the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted work, distribution, public display and/or public performance of copyrighted material.


Q: How long does copyright protection last?

A: Any work that has been created after January 1, 1978, will be protected for through the life of the author, as well as an additional 70 years. If there is a joint work involved, the copyright protection term lasts 70 years after the last surviving authors death. Depending on whichever expires first, works that are anonymous, pseudonymous and works made for hire, the term will last for 95 years based on the publication of the first year or 120 years from year of its creation.

The protection term for works that are not published or registered prior to January, 1 1978, lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. There will be no expiration prior to December 31, 2002. If any work is published prior to December 31, 2002, the term will not expire earlier than December 31, 2047. Any work that is created before 1978 still in there original/renewal term of copyright, the term total is extended to 95 years from the actual date that the copyright right was first protected. 


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