Answering Your Copyright Questions

Since 2004, Frisina, LLC, has provided knowledgeable counsel regarding copyright laws to businesses across the country. Our copyright attorneys have helped many clients in Ohio and other states protect their creative works and defend against infringement.

Below are questions we frequently hear when advising clients of their rights and their options.

AFTER I REGISTER MY COPYRIGHT, DO I NEED TO RENEW IT?

No. If you registered your work after January 1, 1978, you do not need to renew your registration.

DOES MY COPYRIGHT PROTECT MY WORK ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES?

There is no such thing as an “international” copyright; however, U.S. copyrights are honored in many foreign jurisdictions under certain international treaties. If you believe that a business or an individual has copied your work without permission, you should talk to one of our lawyers about your legal options.

DO I NEED TO PUBLISH MY WORK TO QUALIFY FOR COPYRIGHT PROTECTION?

You do not need to publish your work to receive a copyright. Unpublished works are registrable and protectable under US copyright law.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REGISTER MY WORK?

Although your work is protected when you create it, registering your creation with the U.S. Copyright Office strengthens your legal options if another party infringes on your copyright.  For example, registration is a prerequisite to filing suit for copyright infringement.  Registrations also provide the copyright owner with the opportunity to elect statutory damages.  While it is possible to register copyrights after discovering infringement, doing so severely limits your ability to recover damages. In short, if you value your creative work, you should register the associated copyrights.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRANSFER COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP?

Yes. You can transfer copyright ownership to another using a contract. You should retain competent counsel to assist you in effectuating transfers and recording transfers with appropriate authorities.  As with any other form of property, copyrights can also be transferred in testamentary documents like wills and trusts, and can thus form part of your estate plan.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? SPEAK TO OUR LAWYER TODAY.

Our attorneys are ready to educate you on the application process and help you to determine whether your work can be protected with a copyright. Reach us online or by dialing 440-600-1992 to contact our Cleveland firm.

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