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What is copyright?

  • Federal law that protects the author's/creator's rights to their original works, both published and unpublished
  • Copyright protection is automatic as soon as the work is created and fixed in a "tangible form that is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device"
  • The philosophy of copyright is to protect authors/creators, publisher/producers, and the public
  • Registration with the US Copyright Office is voluntary but it is required if a copyright holder wishes to pursue legal action against any party for copyright infringement