Copyright protection in California.
Everything you need to know.
Today we tackle the basics of copyright protection in California, a form of intellectual property law which protects original works by authors, musicians, artists and so on, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, pictures, etc. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation; although it may protect the way these things are expressed (for example a manual about how to operate a machine).
It might be confusing for someone starting a business or coming up with a new idea to figure out what is needed to protect that idea or business from other people using it without permission. At its core copyright protection shields original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
Contrary to popular belief your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. However, a filed copyright is necessary if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright protection on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered immediate evidence in a court of law.
The Document People is a network of paralegals in Los Angeles with a common purpose: helping customers with filing copyright in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to offering assistance with copyright preparation and filing in We the People office Woodland Hills, We The people office Santa Monica and We the People office Glendale. Also in San Fernando, Torrance, Anaheim and Oceanside as The Document People.
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