Areas of expertise

Representation for Copyright Law

Copyright law grants creators with exclusive rights to their works, creating an environment that encourages creative innovation and ideas. At Carlile Patchen & Murphy, our expertise lies in advising on copyright law, covering aspects from eligibility assessment to the application process, clearance of copyright applications, and offering litigation support for copyright infringement claims. Schedule a consultation with one of our intellectual property attorneys to see how copyright law can protect your creative works.

Copyright Law Definition

Copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in any tangible form or medium of expression. A copyright is right granted by the US government to authors for a limited time to exclude others from: reproducing works, distributing copies, publicly performing, or displaying works, making derivative works, and transmitting certain types of works over networks and broadcasts.

Copyright protects a variety of different types of works, including:

  • Literary works, e.g., books, periodicals, manuscripts, films, tapes, and computer programs
  • Musical works, including both the recording and the composition
  • Dramatic works, including accompanying music (e.g., scripts and screenplays)
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works (e.g., fine, graphic, and applied art and art reproductions, photographs, prints, maps, models, and technical drawings)
  • Motion pictures, video games, and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works

What is Not Protected by Copyright

  • Ideas, systems, methods, or processes
  • US government works
  • Typefaces, although copyright protection is available for computer programs that generate fonts and typefaces

How long does copyright protection last?

For works created by authors, copyright protection lasts for 70 years after the author’s death

For “works for hire,” which are usually created as part of employment or under special commission, and for anonymous or pseudonymous works, copyright protection lasts 95 years after it is first published or 120 years after creation, whichever occurs first.

The Importance of Copyright Protection

Copyright protection exists from the moment it is fixed in a tangible form, regardless of whether it is published, unpublished, or registered. However, your rights to enforce unregistered copyright are limited, and registration provides numerous benefits, including a presumption of validity, recovery of damages, and possible criminal consequences for willful infringers.

Copyright Protection & Legal Counsel

The intellectual property attorneys at Carlile Patchen & Murphy excel in the establishment and defense of copyright protections. If you are an author who would like to apply for copyright protection, you can rely on the trusted legal counsel of our Ohio copyright attorneys. Contact our office to explore the process and determine your eligibility or call our office to setup a copyright consultation.

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