What Is a Copyright?

An Intellectual Property FAQ with Mark A. Williams.

Copyright is a federal right that is granted to the author of a work of art. So, you can think about someone who writes a book, someone who writes music or performs a play. Those people get a copyright, or a legal right, to reproduce and distribute that to the exclusion of all others.

Copyrights can be registered, but the nice thing in the United States is that as soon as you write a book, whether you have sold it to anyone or given it to anyone else to read, you have copyright protection. You do not have to register it. There are some benefits of registering it but a copyright attaches immediately and protects your intellectual property.

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