Copyright protection exists from the moment a work is created in a fixed, tangible form of expression. The copyright immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author, or those deriving their rights through the author, can rightfully claim copyright. In the case of works made for hire, the employer—not the writer—is considered the author. Here you will find FindLaw's collection of Copyright articles, part of the Intellectual Property section of the Corporate Counsel Center. The articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Copyright Articles

  • Indivisibility and Divisibility of Copyright: Copyright Act of 1909 and 1976

    Your editor comes to you, the publisher, with an idea: he wants to republish a detective novel originally published by your publishing company in 1968. You are pretty sure Janice Author granted your company all print publication rights in the ...

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  • Copyright Form Letter: Fair Use

    One of the rights accorded to the owner of copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords. This right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 120 of the copyright ...

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  • Strategic Considerations In U.S. Copyright Litigation

    Copyrights can be among a company's most valuable intellectual property assets. In order to realize the benefits of these assets, a copyright owner must make intelligent choices as to how best to protect and enforce copyrights against potential ...

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  • Delivery and Acceptance of a Manuscript

    You've just received a manuscript from an author, and your editor after reading the manuscript is disappointed by the manuscript's quality and contents. Not only is it poorly written, but also the research is incomplete and the text is not from the ...

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  • The Fundamentals of Copyright Law, Publishing Contracts, and Author Representation

    This article discusses one of the most important monopoly rights in society today - the right of authors to control, for a limited time, the ability to make and sell copies of certain literary or artistic productions. It also highlights the topics ...

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  • Current Copyright Issues

    A copyright protects only original works of "authorship" included in the following seven categories: (1) Literary works (including computer programs), (2) Musical works, including any accompanying words, (3) Dramatic works, including any ...

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  • How and Why to Register Copyrights for Computer Programs

    The statement that a work is "copyrighted" is often used to mean that a copyright registration on the work has been obtained from the U.S. Copyright Office. This terminology, while commonly used, is technically incorrect. A "copyrighted" work more ...

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  • Copyright Ownership: The Joint Authorship Doctrine

    The law of copyright provides that an author is the person who creates a work of authorship and is, at least the first instance, the sole owner of the work. Even though the author may initially have sole ownership of the work there are many methods ...

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  • Ownership of Copyrights

    These materials cover the Copyright Act's ownership rules, and, in less detail, the ownership rules for patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ownership rules discussed here apply only in the United States (other countries have their own rules of ...

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  • Copyright Law

    Copyright law in the U.S. is based on the Copyright Act of 1976, a federal statute that went into effect on January 1, 1978. We'll refer to this statute throughout the book as the Copyright Act. States cannot enact their own laws to protect the same ...

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