Copyright grants the creator (“author”) of an original work the exclusive right to its use and distribution for a given period of time. Examples of copyrightable subject matter include literary works such as books and scripts, musical works, choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, and more.
A copyright is obtained automatically by the author as soon it is “fixed” in a tangible medium. No registration is required. However, there are some significant benefits of registering your works with the United States Copyright Office early including:
Legal evidence and public notice of your ownership;
Presumptive validity of your copyright claim;
Ability to obtain statutory damages for infringement; and
Access to the Federal Courts to enforce your copyright.
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