Copyright Basics

1. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. 2. Copyright protection exists from the moment of creation and does not have to be registered with the government. 3. Copyright protection is granted for a limited period of time, usually the life of the author plus 70 years. 4. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, and display their works. 5. Copyright owners also have the exclusive right to create derivative works based on their original works. 6. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to authorize others to use their works. 7. Copyright infringement is the violation of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights. 8. Copyright infringement can subject the infringer to civil and criminal penalties.

1. Copyright protection is automatic and requires no registration in Europe. 2. Copyright protection covers original works of authorship, such as literary works, musical works, dramatic works, and artistic works. 3. Copyright holders have exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and make adaptations of their work. 4. Copyright protection can last up to 70 years after the author’s death. 5. Copyright infringement is illegal, and can result in legal action. 6. Fair use may allow for limited use of copyrighted works without permission from the copyright holder.

In the United States, you can register a copyright for your work by filing an application with the U.S. Copyright Office. To do this, you must create an account with the Copyright Office, fill out the application form, pay the registration fee, and submit the required copies of your work. For more information, you can visit the Copyright Office website at