A copyright is an exclusive legal right granted to a creator of an original work to publish and sell that work. Copyrights authorize authors of literary work, composers of musical work, or artists to exclusively produce, publish, sale or distribute the copyrighted work for a specified number of years.
The creator of an original work can protect and register his/her copyright by forwarding a copyright application to the Copyright Office. A copyright application must contain the name and address of the owner of the work, as well as details of the work. If all the required information cannot be recorded on the basic copyright application form, an applicant can use a continuation sheet. A continuation sheet is supplied by the copyright office, and it accepts no other attachments along with the application form.
Copyright law stipulates that copyright registration is not mandatory for copyright protection. Pursuant to the Copyright Act of 1976, creators of original work automatically receive federal copyright protection when they publish their work. However, only the owner of a registered copyright can sue for copyright infringement. Therefore, it is always safer to have your copyright registered. A copyright application form and other copyright forms are available on our website.
You can use copyright protection for literary works that fall under the category of non-dramatic textual work. The law doesn't vary if literary works involved are works published or unpublished. Copyright law considers computer programs and databases to be literary work as well.
One can copyright music rights in several ways. You can acquire copyright protection for lyrics, composition, and the recording of the music separately. Music copyright law grants separate copyright protection for the vocal and instrumental music, as well as for the written lyrics and music. Pursuant to music copyrighting law, the lyricist of a song holds copyright over the music composition, and the studio that did the recording holds rights of recording. Information about copyright, copyright registration methods, and basic registration forms are available on the US Legal Forms website.
Apart from copyright, there are other intellectual property rights, such as trademarks and patents. Trademarks are a name, a word, a device, or a symbol/logo used to distinguish goods or services of one person or company from that of others. A registered trademark is a trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Before forwarding an application for registration of trademarks, a trademark search should be made. Like copyrights, federal registration of trademarks is not mandatory. Information on how to trademark a brand name and a wide variety of sample trademark registration forms are available on our website.
Trademarks are not the same as a patent. A patent is a right granted to an inventor of a unique invention/discovery. A patent right permits a owner to exclude others from making or selling the patented invention. Before forwarding an application for patent to the patent office, the applicant should do a patent search to check if a similar patent has already been filed or granted.