Tucker IP Copyright Attorneys
Copyright law provides protection for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Original works of authorship can include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works including computer software. In addition, a tangible medium of expression means that the work is stored on a form that can be expressed or communicated, either directly or through a machine. Three examples of a tangible medium of expression include words written in a book, music saved as an mp3, or computer software saved on a server.
Difference The Between a Copyright and a Trademark
The differences between a copyright and a trademark is a common source of confusion among clients. A copyright protects original works of authorship, whereas trademarks protect words, symbols and designs that identify the source of goods or services. In other words, copyrights do not identify the source of a good or service. The attorneys at Tucker IP can help you determine whether you should file for a copyright or for a trademark.
Register Your Copyright
Tucker IP can prepare and file the necessary paperwork to register your copyright. The Library of Congress maintains a database of registered copyrights. A registered copyright may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation, whereas an unregistered copyright can only recover actual damages. In addition, registration that occurs within 5 years of publication is considered prima facie evidence of the validity of the copyright. In other words, the copyright will be presumed valid unless contradictory evidence is produced at trial.
Does Your Work Qualify For Copyright Protection
Tucker IP can help you determine whether your work qualifies as a copyright. Literary works that are too short, computer images with too few pixels, and other works with no artistic value do not qualify as a copyright. Let the Firm’s knowledgeable intellectual property attorney help you determine whether your work qualifies for registration.