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What is copyright?

Copyright arises from your conversion of your creative artistic expression into a tangible form. When you write a novel, a poem, take a picture, perform or write music or lyrics, make a video recording, draw a picture, paint a painting, you have created a copyright that you own. However, if you do any of these for someone else, you may not own the copyright under works-made-for-hire rules.

More importantly, you cannot enforce your copyright without a registration on file.

Why you need a copyright registration?

Registration gives you the right to sue, including statutory damages up to $150,000, and the ability to potentially get an attorney fee award.

Since 1978, copyright lasts for 70 years plus the life of the author (last to die for joint authors), or for works-made-for-hire, 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years from creation, whichever comes first.

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