Copyright Registration

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Copyright is the form of statutory protection provided to original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression, including literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, motion picture and audio visual, sound recordings, and architectural works. Copyright does not protect facts or ideas.

In the United States, you must register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office in order to file a lawsuit to enforce copyright in federal court. This means you must file an application for registration before you can sue someone for infringing your copyright, even if the infringement has already occurred.

A copyright registration lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. If a work is created by an employee and is owned by the employer, the copyright term lasts for 95 years from the date of first publication or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires first.

The Marks Gray intellectual property team prepares and files copyright registration for our clients’ original created works.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Once I obtain a copyright registration do I have to do anything to maintain the registration?
No. Once you obtain the copyright registration from the U.S. Copyright Office you do not have to file any additional paperwork.

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In the grand scheme of things, the Copyright matter that Crystal advised me on was minor, but it was definitely outside of my comfort zone. Crystal was the first person that I thought of, when I realized I needed advice… Should you need advice with any Copyright or Intellectual Property matter, I wholeheartedly recommend that you think of her, too. Thanks for your help, Crystal!

Crystal is a very sweet, professional, and intelligent woman. She makes sure your intellectual properties are fully protected. I am very pleased thus far with MarksGray. Best wishes to you on your continued success. Protect yourself with MarksGray!

As far as I am concerned, all conversations about copyrights and trademarks begin and end with the words, “Crystal Broughan at Marks Gray.”

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