A copyright is a right given to the creator of an original work by the government giving the creator exclusive rights to the work for a limited period of time. The original work can be, among other things, a work of art, music, literature, motion picture, radio and television broadcasts, photographs, computer software and industrial designs. The rights given to the creator include the right to be credited for the work, the right to copy, the right to control who may adapt the work to other forms, the right to control who may perform the work, the right to financially benefit from the work along with other related rights.
In order to obtain U.S. copyright protection, one must comply with and meet the legal requirements contained in Federal Copyright Act of 1976. It is important to note, that while copyright is generally automatic, copyright protection can be lost if the copyright claimant fails to meet the required legal standard and criteria pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §102(a) and 17 U.S.C. §102(a). Additionally, a legal action for copyright infringement can be pursued if the protected work is being used by someone else. Another benefit of U.S. copyright law is that one is able to protect work national and internationally under various international treaties for infringement outside U.S. territories.
The Law Offices of Ravi K. Nigam are committed to provide high quality affordable legal services that relate to intellectual property. Whether you seek protection, registration, enforcement, licensing or are defending a claim, we are able to provide you legal services every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Ravi K. Nigam today to obtain a legal consultation to discuss your intellectual property needs.