What is a Copyright?

Copyright literally means the right to copy.

The term “copyright” has come to mean the body of copyright law that governs the legally enforceable rights of creative and artistic works.

A copyright is a form of legal protection granted by the laws of the United States to authors of original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other works such as websites and computer programs. This protection is available to both published and unpublished material.

A copyrighted work may not legally be copied, reproduced, distributed or publicly displayed without
the consent of the author or copyright owner.These rights can, however, be licensed, transferred or assigned.

In the United States, registration of a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office is required in order to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Copyright Encourages Creativity

Copyright encourages creativity by giving exclusive property rights to works of authorship, enabling
the creator to reap financial rewards from their works by controlling access to the works in the marketplace.


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