Introduction to Copyright Law

Copyright law in the United States is governed under federal law, authorized by the Copyright Act of 1976. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the US Constitution is called the "Copyright and Patent Clause." The purpose of this clause is to "promote science and the useful arts," a cornerstone of any viable nation-state. In order to protect any copyright, it must be registered so that the author could file a lawsuit to protect the copyright if necessary. Failing to register your work properly could result in the inability to properly protect it legally. Consulting an attorney to guide you through the process of registering your intellectual property ensures the proper legal protection of your creation.

Copyright protection arises at creation and offers a bundle of protections to work in many different categories:

  • Literature
  • Music
  • Dramatic, Pantomimes and Choreographic work
  • Pictorial or Graphic work
  • Sculpture
  • Audiovisual and sound recordings
  • Compilations
  • Architectural design

Contact the Law Office of Robin C May at 859-699-2476 to schedule a complimentary consultation to protect your original, creative work.

This article is part of a series about Intellectual Property Law:

  • Introduction to IP Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Unfair Competition