Registration and validity of a copyright

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Copyright is a legal protection of intellectual work, grounded in every country’s Constitution. For more information please visit here.  It serves to protect intellectual property such as artistic work, music, books, lyrics, photos etc. from unauthorized reproduction or selling. Copyright protection can be applied to both published and unpublished work, finished completely or to a certain extent, tangible and even intangible works (such as digital or electronic media).

A piece of work is protected by copyright from the very moment of its creation and when it becomes either fixed in a tangible form, or possible to perceive directly or through a machine or device such as computer. Official registration of work is therefore not necessary or obligatory, but it can grant you certain benefits. After registering a piece of work as copyright protected, you will be granted a certificate. It will be of use if you wish to file a lawsuit when your piece of work is infringed and official registration is very likely to bring you a successful litigation.

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Copyright protection is generally valid from the moment of the work’s creation, for as long as the author is alive and additional 70 years after he passes. However, there are additional factors that affect the copyright’s duration. If the work is published anonymously or under a pseudonym, the copyright lasts 95 years from the year of the works’ first publication, or 120 years from the moment it was created – whichever of the two expires first. The piece of work being published or not can also affect the duration of copyright protection, as well as the year of the first publication. Then, for works created and published before January 1, 1978, the terms for copyright protection and its duration depend on several different and more complex factors, which can all be fund in the Copyright Act.  If you want to find out more about this topic don’t hesitate to contact Asset protection attorney orange county.

ip_icon_04_InfoFinally, once the copyright protection was granted, it is important to know whether to renew it. Generally, it is not necessary to renew the official registration of copyright protected work when it comes to works published after January 1, 1978. For the works published or registered before that, renewal is optional after 28 years.