Copyright Law – An Overview

Copyright Law can be fairly complex and confusing if not properly explained. Fundamentally, a copyright is a form of protection provided by the government of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Copyright protection is available for all unpublished works, regardless of the nationality or residence of the author. Copyright protects the author’s original expression as contained in the work but does not usually extend to any idea, procedure, process, method, system, discovery, name or title.

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Copyright Law – What Can be Protected?

Literary works, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sound Recoding, and Serials can be protected with a copyright.

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Copyrights – Scope of Protection

A copyright does not protect the idea or concept; it only protects the way in which an author has expressed an idea or concept.

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Copyright Law – The Process

The process for getting a copyright is not overly complex but nevertheless provides only a small margin for error if done incorrectly. Naturally, every intellectual property firm utilizes a distinct method for handling different legal procedures. Our firm strives to make the process as easy and customer friendly as possible and primarily works as follows. A client calls up our office and has a free consultation with one of our attorneys to describe the circumstances of the idea and what he/she hopes to achieve.

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Howard M. Cohn & Associates has extensive and varied experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property law, with a unique specialty in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution. Schedule an appointment or call us at 800-613-1067.