Can a copyright be transferred to another person?

Ownership of a copyright is similar to ownership of other types of personal property. A copyright and copyright protection can be sold, given by designation, or transferred just like real estate. You can also add limits on the duration, scope and nature of the transferred copyright. As with other property transactions, business related to a copyright or a transfer of copyright protection must take place in writing.

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Should I copyright my own work, or use an intellectual property attorney to help me?

Remember that although works of authorship generally obtain copyright protection when they are fixed, in practice, you must still register your copyright with the U. S. Copyright Office to enforce your rights or to use the copyright to secure an obligation. There are some occasions when consulting an attorney is a good idea. For instance, if your work was created by more than one author. If you think your work may have commercial value, it would make sense to copyright the work to protect that value.

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How do I obtain and protect a copyright on my work?

Copyright protection arises upon creation of a work, without formal action on the author’s part. However, it is wise to always place a copyright notice-typically a ‘c’ inside a circle, with a year next to it and the name of the copyright holder on every publication of the work.

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What is required to get copyright protection?

You do not need to apply or register to get copyright protection. Actually, you receive copyright protection when you create the work. The instant you use your pencil, typewriter, or computer to produce something original, it is subject to copyright protection provided it is a copyrightable subject matter. However, registering your work with the Copyright Office expands your protections and oftentimes, this can be done without disclosing the entire work.

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How do I write a copyright notice?

A copyright notice is your way of reminding readers that the information they are reading belongs exclusively to you. Copyright notices are not required under modern law, but they are useful for communicating your intent as the author.

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What are the benefits of registering a copyright?

Copyright registration is generally necessary before you can bring a lawsuit to enforce your copyright. Copyright registration within three months of the original publication date, or before infringement begins, allows you to claim ‘statutory’ damages and attorney’s fees when enforcing your copyright.

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What is the copyright registration process?

Registration with the Copyright Office includes the filing of a copyright claim application, payment of the registration fee, and deposit of at least 2 copies of the work. There are several different copyright forms available and you must use the form corresponding to the type of work for which protection is being sought.

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