Have you created a work of text, art, or graphic design? If yes, and you plan to share, or possibly even profit from selling it, it could be beneficial to make sure that it is properly and legally copyrighted before you begin to share it in any public format. Although you own the work as the original author, getting the copyright will allow for you to make sure that you retain ownership and can legally enforce your rights as the owner should anyone try to use your work. Copyright law can be complex, as well as the process for obtaining a copyright, and you may find it beneficial to work with an experienced copyright lawyer. A copyright lawyer can assist with the paperwork and submission process, offer legal advice, and help you take legal action if someone is already attempting to use your work. 

Examples of Works that can be protected with Copyright:

  • Any work of original authorship
  • Written pieces, including:
    • Books
    • Novels
    • Poetry
    • Screenplays
    • Theatrical Plays
    • Music
    • Computer Programs
    • And more…
  • Architecture
  • Artistic works

Copyright Registration Process

After you have created an original work that you would like to share and want to make sure is protected by the law if someone tries to use it, you can begin the copyright registration process by submitting an application to the U.S. Copyright Office along with the filing fee and a copy of your work. Once you have completed this, you will be able to legally enforce that no one uses your work without your permission. After you have invested your time, effort, and money into creating a piece or work that is special to you, you will likely want the option to enforce that it only be used with your permission, which is why registering your work for a copyright is typically recommended. 

Hire a Copyright Lawyer

Anytime you’re dealing with copyright or intellectual property law, it can be beneficial to work with an experienced copyright lawyer who knows how the process works and the steps to take to enforce your rights as an author or creator of an original work. No matter what your type of original work is, you may be glad to have the legal assistance of a lawyer for your situation. It never hurts to have a consultation with a lawyer, so don’t wait to call a law office to schedule your initial consultation. Contact a lawyer today to get started!