A copyright is the exclusive legal right given to an originator or assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. An author has a copyright in the work as soon as he or she creates it.

Importance of Copyright Law

Copyright laws are important because they protect the rights of the author, artist or other author of creative works to control the manner and method in which the works can be copied and disseminated. Copyright law protects the ability of an author to profit from the creative work, and to prevent others from profiting from the same work. To obtain copyright protection, an author need not formally register with the United States Copyright Office, but doing so provides many practical advantages—namely, the increased probability of prevailing in an infringement lawsuit. The Firm provides services for the registration of copyrights for any literary, artistic, or musical material.

A copyright is different from a trademark or service mark. A trademark is a word, symbol, or phrase, used to identify a particular manufacturer or seller’s products and distinguish them from the products of another. When such marks are used to identify services rather than products, they are called service marks and are generally treated just the same as trademarks. Hull Barrett provides a full array of services for trademark registration, docketing, renewal, policing, and management. More information on trademarks and service marks can be found HERE.

A copyright is different from a patent. A patent is a limited duration exclusive property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.