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COPYRIGHTS


What is a copyright?


Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of "original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

T
he law gives the owner of copyright, the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to


1. Reproduce his work.

2. Prepare derivative works 
based upon his work.

3. Distribute copies
 of his work to the public by selling or licensing others to sell it.

4. Perform the work publicly in the case of musical, dramatic, choreographic work.

5. Display the work publicly in case of pictorial, graphic or sculptural work.


Why is it essential to obtain a copyright registration?


1. Once the owner has registered his copyrights, he will receive a certificate of registration which will serve as a proof of ownership. His work will be recorded in a public record with the US government.

2. In case that the copyrighted work has been infringed by a third party, the owner of the registered work can bring a lawsuit against the party that infringed his copyrights in Federal Court.

3. As oppose to many other legal disputes, if the copyright work is registered, the owner will not have to prove any damages on his side in order to receive compensation from the infringing party. Presenting infringement will be enough to claim statutory damages from the infringer.

4. Allows the copyright holder to record the registration with the U.S. Customs in order toprotect its business against importation of infringing copies in the U.S.

​5. Because United States is a part of many international treaties, a valid copyright registration is honored and enforceable in many other countries.


For more information and consultation about the costs of a registration, please contact Alex Guzman at alex.guzman@alexguzmanlaw.com. We will be happy to answer all of your inquiries.