Copyright protection a common and valuable type of intellectual property that is provided by Title 17 of the United States Code to authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works. In general, the Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to:
- Reproduce the copyrighted work;
- Prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
- Distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership;
- Perform the copyrighted work publicly; and
- Display the copyrighted work publicly.
A copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in tangible forms of expression. Copyrightable works include literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic and sculptural works; motion pictures and audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works.
The attorneys at The Farrell Law Firm have extensive experience in counseling clients about copyrights and have obtained numerous copyright registrations. The Farrell Law Firm counsels in the enforcement of their copyright and other intellectual property rights (see Litigation) and also negotiates contracts to license such rights for profit.