What is Copyright Law?

Copyright law protects original artistic expressions. U.S. Copyright law is regulated by the U.S. Copyright Office under the federal Copyright Act.

Copyrights are established at the very moment that an original work of authorship is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. (17 U.S.C. § 102). The original work becomes “fixed in a tangible medium” when it is committed to paper, film, computer disk or other medium. Generally, ownership of a copyright belongs to the author of the original work. However, ownership may belong to an employer or an individual who commissions work under a work made for hire agreement.

Copyrights apply to the following categories of works:

  • Books and Magazines
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Movies
  • Spoken or other Sound Recordings 
  • Music
  • Software Programs
  • Drawings
  • Graphic Designs
  • Websites
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Architecture
  • Pantomimes and Choreographic works
  • Live performances recorded by or under the authority of the performer

“ In my opinion, one of the saddest tragedies for an artist to suffer is to have created beautifully and have that work stolen viciously, with little or no recourse. ”by Shay V. Holder, Esq. 

Is My Creative Work Protectable?

Have questions about protecting individual elements of your creative work? Are you ready to protect an existing original creation? Or would you like to learn how you may protect your future creations before completion?

Contact Attorney Holder for support.  Let’s Protect Your Creative Works with Copyright Law, together.