Copyright Resources

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of statutory protection provided to original works of authorship fixed in tangible medium of expression, including literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, motion picture and audio visual, sound recordings and architectural works. This does not protect facts or ideas.

How long does copyright last?

The length of copyright protection depends on when a work was created. Under current law, works created on or after Jan 1, 1978, have a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years after the author’s death. If it is a joint work, the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author’s death. For works made for hire and anonymous/pseudonymous works the protection lasts 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

Copyright Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What are the exclusive rights that copyright gives you? 

  • Who owns copyright rights? 

  • What is a first sale doctrine? 

  • How long does it take to register a copyright? 

  • What information is needed for copyright application?  

  • How much does a copyright application cost? 

  • How long is the application process? 

  • What if there is a change in ownership? 

  • What is statutory licensing? 

  • Do I need to register with the Copyright Office to be protected? 

  • How is a copyright different from a patent or a trademark? 

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