Copyrights

Every creative work you produce in America — whether it is a poem, an essay, a drawing, a dance, a film or even a piece of software — is covered automatically by the copyright laws of the United States. However, although your rights as an author accrue automatically, it is necessary to register the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office to recover damages or sue for infringement. Failing to register can cause a forfeiture of your right to monetary damages.

Copyright Registration Provides Long-Lasting Protection

Under current American copyright law, the protection conferred on a registered work begins at the moment of creation and continues for 70 years after the death of the author. In cases where a business entity is the author, rights can last for 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years from the date of creation, whichever is shorter. After the period during which copyright protection is active, the work may pass into the public domain and be used freely without permission.

During the period in which you or your estate owns a copyright, others must seek permission from you to use your copyrighted work, and you may charge a fee for them to do so. If you can prove infringement, you may be able to recover various types of damages and fees.

Defend Your Intellectual Property Today

Registering your copyright protects you and the integrity of your creations. Call Frisina, LLC, at 440-600-1992 or submit our online contact form for a free confidential consultation from an experienced IP attorney to learn about your options.