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The Benefits of Copyright Registration

?!?!?!?! By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. I am a lifelong musician. Since I was five, playing the piano and composing pieces of music have always inspired me. Music has been my own form of self-expression, my way of bringing joy, great solace, and richness to others. Once I create something on sheets of paper, it is mine. So, why bother with …

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How much does it cost for a copyright attorney?

Hiring an attorney to help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office can cost in the ballpark of $250 to $350 for the whole process. If you register a copyright yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. For more intricate copyright issues, a lawyer will charge an hourly fee that depends on the complexity of the …

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What is Copyright?

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Whew. That’s a mouthful! Let’s try to break this definition down. The types of original works of authorship that copyright …

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What is Trademark?

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office defines a trademark as “a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.” So what does that mean for you? Well, if you want to promote your death-metal band with an awesome symbol that is so unique that anyone who sees …

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How do I get a copyright?

If your work is in a tangible form (e.g., recorded, taped, written down, or typed), it already has copyright protection, although certain exceptions apply (see the U.S. Copyright Office’s Copyright Basics, pp. 2-3 for details). It is not necessary to publish your work to gain copyright protection. Although you have copyright protection as soon as your tangible work is created, …

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What is Intellectual Property?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines intellectual property as “creations of the mind,” a broad definition that includes the following: literary, artistic and scientific works; performances of performing artists, phonograms, and broadcasts; inventions in all fields of human endeavor; scientific discoveries; industrial designs; trademarks, service marks, and commercial names and designations; protection against unfair competition; and all other rights …

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