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Copyright protects original works of authorship including photographic, literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.

Copyright is a legal concept that gives the creators of original works an exclusive right in their works for a limited time. Generally, not only is "the right to copy" granted, but also the right to be credited for a work (attribution), to determine who may adapt the work to other forms (derivative works), who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other, related rights.

Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them. Copyrights have been internationally standardized, lasting between fifty to a hundred years from the creator's death, or a finite period for anonymous or corporate creations; some jurisdictions have required formalities to establishing copyright, most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration.

But, the United States recognizes copyright limitations, allowing "fair use" exceptions to the creator's exclusivity of copyright, and giving users certain rights. The development of digital media and computer network technologies have prompted reinterpretation of these exceptions, introduced new difficulties in enforcing copyright, and inspired additional challenges to copyright law's philosophic basis. Simultaneously, businesses with great economic dependence upon copyright have advocated the extension and expansion of their copy rights, and sought additional legal and technological enforcement.

At Lindley, Powell, and Rumph, we recognize these challenges, particularly with digital works that exist to authors.  Even though a copyright exists in the author of an original work automatically, the law creates substantial burdens to enforcing your rights.  Our growing intellectual property section focuses on overcoming these barriers so that you are properly compensated for your effort and creativity.

If you have a question regarding copyright law, or if you would like to consult with a lawyer about either protecting your rights or enforcing your rights, contact us today for a free consultation.