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FAQ - Copyrights

  1. What is copyright protection?
  2. How do I know who owns it?
  3. What are the examples of copyright protected materials?
  4. How long is the copyright protection term?

1. What is copyright protection?

It is the ownership rights to the “original works of authorship.” The rights include:

Reproduction
Preparing derivative works
Distribution
Public performance
Public display

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2. How do I know who owns it?

The copyright protection in the U.S. is automatic, no registration is required. Typically, you will see a notice such:

© Year of creation followed by the name of the company or individual

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3. What are the examples of copyright protected materials?

Here are few examples:

Literary works
Dramatic works
Musical works
Artistic works
Computer software
Multimedia materials
Photographs

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4. How long is the copyright protection term?
The original authors life plus 70 years, for "work made for hire" it is 95 years from the date of the publication or 120 years from the date of the creation.

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