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Copyright Registration

What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright forms to register a copyright are essential to protect you from copyright infringement. This article will take you through various concepts related to and about a copyright, including what is a copyright, what is copyright registration, how to copyright your literary work, how do I copyright my musical work, and how do you get copyright for computer software.

A copyright is an exclusive legal right granted to a creator of an original work to publish and sell that work. Copyrights authorize authors of literary work, composers of musical work, or artists to exclusively produce, publish, sale or distribute the copyrighted work for a specified number of years.

Protect your original work:

The creator of an original work can protect and register his/her copyright by forwarding a copyright application to the Copyright Office. A copyright application must contain the name and address of the owner of the work, as well as details of the work. If all the required information cannot be recorded on the basic copyright application form, an applicant can use a continuation sheet. A continuation sheet is supplied by the copyright office, and it accepts no other attachments along with the application form.

One can copyright music rights in several ways. You can acquire copyright protection for lyrics, composition, and the recording of the music separately. Music copyright law grants separate copyright protection for the vocal and instrumental music, as well as for the written lyrics and music. Pursuant to music copyrighting law, the lyricist of a song holds copyright over the music composition, and the studio that did the recording holds rights of recording. Information about copyright, copyright registration methods, and basic registration forms are available on the US Legal Forms website.

Intellectual property rights

Apart from copyright, there are other intellectual property rights, such as trademarks and patents. Trademarks are a name, a word, a device, or a symbol/logo used to distinguish goods or services of one person or company from that of others. A registered trademark is a trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Before forwarding an application for registration of trademarks, a trademark search should be made. Like copyrights, federal registration of trademarks is not mandatory. Information on how to trademark a brand name and a wide variety of sample trademark registration forms are available on our website.

Trademarks are not the same as a patent. A patent is a right granted to an inventor of a unique invention/discovery. A patent right permits a owner to exclude others from making or selling the patented invention. Before forwarding an application for patent to the patent office, the applicant should do a patent search to check if a similar patent has already been filed or granted.

Services we offer :

  • Copyright protection is technically automatic under copyright law
  • Creative work a Legal Status, thereby making it an Intellectual Property
  • Pictorial depiction of the work
  • International Protection
  • Right Of Public Performance