Resources - Copyright Law

Copyright law protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Such works can range from artistic works, such as books, songs, videos, sculptures, and those mediums of expression yet to be invented. Copyright law does not protect an idea, but protects the unique and individual expression of an idea.

Copyright law can be convoluted and complex for those without a legal background. As an illustration, consider the photograph below. The image itself is a snapshot from video footage. The image is copyrightable, as is the video footage. Additionally, the song that is being played may be copyrighted, as well as the lyrics to the song and the music apart from the lyrics. Our firm can help you obtain the most appropriate protection available for your copyrightable works.

Copyright Law
Before contacting our firm regarding obtaining a copyright, consider answering the following questions:
  1. Do you create original works including any of the following?
    • Printed materials (such as books, magazines, brochures or packaging)
    • On-screen materials (such as websites, DVDs, web videos or software)
    • Musical works, including any accompanying words
    • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
    • Pantomimes and choreographic works
    • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
    • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
    • Sound recordings
    • Architectural works
  2. If one of the materials you referred to in the previous question were to be used by another company, would it be harmful to your business?
  3. Did you know that copyright protection arises upon the creation of an original work of authorship?
  4. Do you create brochures, catalogs, presentations or other material where you use work of others?
  5. Do you know how to reference copyrighted material when using them in your work?
  6. Do you know how to mark your copyrighted material so as to put potential infringers on notice?