Copyright exists as soon as an original work is fixed in a tangible medium. That is, it is not necessary to register a work with the government to own the copyright in the work. Rather, a copyright is automatically granted by law. Registering the work with the government, however, has several advantages. In the U.S., the United States Copyright Office handles copyright registration. To register, a copyright owner needs to file a copyright application, pay an associated filing fee, and deposit a copy of the copyrighted work.
Fundamentals of Copyright Law
A copyright is a set of rights given to authors and artists to control the use of their original creative works. Copyright law exists to promote and further artistic creativity. As a result, copyrights provide incentives to artists by providing exclusive rights for commercial exploitation of original works. These rights include the right to exclude others from making and distributing copies of work, creating derivative works, and performing or displaying a work publicly. Examples of works that can be subject to copyright protection include computer software, literature, music, sound recordings, architecture, audiovisual works, pictures, graphic art, jewelry, and sculptures.
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