One of the more frequently overlooked forms of intellectual property protection is copyright protection. It is often overlooked because many people mistakenly believe that the generation of enforceable rights is automatic upon the creation of a creative work, such as a drawing, design, or photograph. While it is true that rights are generated in a creative work the moment that the work is made in a tangible form of expression, it is challenging to prove the exact date that the work was created, and thus the copyright was established, in order to enforce the copyrighted work.
What Can Be Copyrighted?
A copyright is an intellectual property right that can be sought for original works of authorship. These works must be created in a tangible form of expression in order to be registerable. A few examples of common forms of copyrightable materials typically found in business include original creative works such as:
- A written manuscript, employee training handbooks, instruction guides, etc.
- Artwork for websites, product packaging, product illustrations, etc.
- Movies, videos, films, and other video-based productions.
- Musical compositions, such as sheet music for a commercial jingle.
- Musical performances, such as an orchestral performance of music, or a band’s performance of a commercial jingle.
- Artistic performances, such as choreographed dances.
- Sculptures, figurines, product prototypes, etc.
With a little creativity and the right guidance, it is easy to figure out how obtaining copyright protection could be beneficial to your business. Many businesses generate original creative works that contribute value to their business in some way.
Registration of A Copyright
That is why it is important to register copyrighted materials for your business with the United States Copyright Office. Registration is a fairly simply and affordable process that confers a specific copyright registration date to your copyrighted work. This registration date can then be used to enforce your copyright protection. Copyright registration can be made anytime, but it is important to understand the benefits of getting your business-related copyrighted works registered as soon as possible. For instance, a successful copyright infringement lawsuit can lead to statutory damages for the unauthorized use or copying of your registered copyrighted material back to the date of registration, if the infringing action was occurring as far back as that.
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