what they are, are not, and what they protect
1. Copyright protects original works of
artistic and literary authorship. Copyright protects the authorship
component of paintings, jewelry
designs, sculptures, software, photographs, books, cartoons, music scores,
scripts, movies, sound recordings and more.
2. Copyright protects the author's original
artistic or literary expression, and not the author's ideas or information,
regardless of whether such ideas or information are original.
3. Copyrights are created when an author
creates a copyrightable work in a fixed medium.
Copyright gives the copyright owner the exclusive right to reproduce the work,
to distribute copies of the work, to perform or display the work publicly, to
prepare derivative works based on the work, and to authorize others to do any of
Copyright does not give copyright owners the right to control the use of
a sold work, unless such use itself violates one or more of the exclusive rights
listed above. more
Copyrights immediately become the property of the individual who
created the work or, if the work is "made for hire" (as not-quite-intuitively
statutorily defined), the employer.
Authors of a joint work
are co-owners of the copyright unless there is an agreement otherwise.
Copyright registration enhances the author's rights and facilitates
the enforcement of these rights.
Privacy Rights - Image &
1. The rights to exclude others from the use of
one's name and/or image for commercial purposes is called the right of
2. The scope of privacy rights depends on
status - public figure, celebrity, private person. Public figures have
only narrow privacy rights. Celebrities' privacy rights are called
publication rights and can be very valuable assets.
The original literary and design
elements on this website, but not the information, are protected from
unauthorized copying and distribution under the copyright law. Term &
conditions could add protections.
The photograph on the Firm Profile page is
protected by copyright law and the image seen in the photograph is also
protected by privacy rights.
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