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Are you a creator, writer, designer or do you work in a similar creative industry? Do you take pictures or paint, write music or plays? What would you do if someone stole your hard work and used it for their benefit?
A copyright attorney can help you prevent your creations from being taken from you and used by someone else. Protect what you do and secure what you love with SecureMark Legal. Let our copyright attorneys work with you to protect your creations. We will walk with you every step of the way from copyright registration to enforcement to infringement protection if needed.
Don’t let your hard work become profit for someone else. SecureMark Legal attorneys can help you protect the unique works that matter most to you!
What is Copyright?
A copyright is a form of intellectual property that denotes an original work. It is a legal term that describes creators’ rights over their literary or artistic works.
As soon as the creator or author “fixes” their work in a tangible form, it essentially becomes a copyrighted asset. A work is considered “fixed” when captured in a permanent medium so it can be reproduced, communicated, or perceived. You fix a work when you write it down, draw it or record it.
Your works are valuable assets, now and in the future (licenses, sales, and brand recognition are just a few examples of value). SecureMark Legal’s copyright attorneys are here to help businesses and individuals register, protect and profit from their creative expressions using copyright laws.
What Does Copyright Protect?
Original works of authorship that are covered by copyright can range widely. There are many examples of different types of works that can be copyrighted:
- Musical Compositions
- Computer Programs
- Blog Posts
- Architectural works
- Plays and much more
If you create an original work, you may be able to protect your creation with copyright. Contact an experienced copyright attorney, like SecureMark Legal, to discuss if your creation can be protected with a copyright. Don’t let your hard work be stolen from you. Protect your work today!
What Rights Do You Get with a Copyright?
While registering your copyright is not always necessary, it is highly recommended for maximum protection. Registered copyrights provide the copyright owners with exclusive rights to:
- Reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords
- Prepare derivative works based on the work
- Distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership or by rental, lease, or lending.
- Perform the work publicly if it is a literary, musical, dramatic, or choreographic work, such as a pantomime, a motion picture, or another audiovisual work.
- Display the work publicly if it is a literary, musical, dramatic, or choreographic work, a pantomime, or a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work. This right also applies to the individual images of a motion picture or audiovisual work.
- Perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission if the work is a sound recording.
Having a registered copyright protects you and your brand from copyright infringement. Our copyright attorneys will walk you through registering your copyright and ensuring your protection. And we will be available by your side if you are ever faced with copyright
Who Can Be a Copyright Owner?
Everyone! You are the owner of a copyright if you create an original work and write it down or record it.
For example, if you take a photograph and print it or save it to a hard drive, you own that photograph and the right to use it.
There are exceptions to copyright. Let SecureMark Legal walk you through becoming a registered copyright owner. Our copyright attorneys are there to make sure what you create is protected.
Does Copyright Registration Matter?
YES! In today’s online copy-and-paste world, it is important to register your original works of authorship early to put the world on notice and protect your rights. Copyright protection begins when your creative expression is fixed in a tangible form, not just an idea for a book, but the actual written book. However, your rights may be limited until you have obtained registration from the Library of Congress. Copyright registration gives you the exclusive rights to control the use and distribution of your works and potentially pursue additional damages for infringement.
SecureMark Legal’s experienced copyright attorneys are here to help you protect what you create. Don’t wait until your hard work is taken by someone else. Protect yourself and your work today! Contact us and let’s get started right away.
Why Do I Need a Copyright Lawyer?
Whether you are a creator or a business that is purchasing creative services, a copyright lawyer will be extremely helpful. The copyright attorneys at SecureMark Legal, can assist you with:
- Filing for copyrights
- Navigating available IP protections
- Writing and negotiating contracts
Using copyright laws, we will help your business protect and profit from your creative expressions.