Copyright registration is a monumental step in securing creative work. Common law copyright automatically goes into effect to protect artistic works, but registering for copyright goes a step further and allows an owner of a creative work to obtain exclusive authorship rights. When the United States Copyright Office denies a copyright registration request, it can feel devastating. With the help of experienced copyright lawyers, such as the attorneys at Ritter Spencer, individuals and organizations denied a copyright can receive guidance to appeal and resubmit the work for review.
Although copyrights protect a business’s creative works and assets, the possibility of infringement remains a pressing issue for companies. Indeed, businesses should seek registration of their intellectual property for legal protections; however, many owners can take additional steps to secure their original ideas or creations.
Businesses today must use copyrights or trademarks to protect their creative works and assets from being used elsewhere without permission. Although a copyright typically arises automatically upon creation of an original work of authorship, a company can and should register its copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office to increase the benefits of the copyright itself and elevate the value of the business or the business’s work. Below are three advantages of registering for a copyright.
Businesses of any size must protect their assets, both financial and creative, and copyrights and trademarks are some of the most reliable ways to ensure a business is not exploited. These useful tools are essential for any company, but the process of registering a copyright may feel intimidating. Read below to learn about the dos and don’ts of copyright registration and how the Dallas law firm of Ritter Spencer PLLC can help.
If an infringing performance of licensed broadcast media reaches domestic users in the United States, can the foreign originator of the performance be held liable under the United States Copyright Act? The D.C. Circuit has answered that in the affirmative by holding that an infringing performance that originates abroad but terminates in the United States constitutes a domestic Copyright Act violation. Spanski Enterprises, Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A., 17-7051, 2018 WL 1123889 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 2, 2018).