What is a copyright ? The United States Copyright Office defines a copyright as:
"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 Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed."
The best way to summarize copyrights is by thinking of it as a protection for creative works that are in a concrete form. There is no requirement for filing for copyright protection with the United States Copyright Office. A work gains copyright protection once it is created in a concrete way. However, filing a copyright with the United States Copyright Office provides the artist with additional benefits, including statutory damages, upwards of $150,000 per infringing occurrence, and attorney's fees.
While it is important to know your rights as the creator or author, more often than not people become familiar with copyright laws because they are using a protected work without permission. Any time a person uses someone else’s work, eg. images, artwork, music, etc., he or she must receive permission to use the work. That permission often comes in the form of a license to use the work. Without the express permission of the creator or author, using the work can become extremely costly in the long run.
Jameson Law's Copyright Services:
Registering copyrights with the United States Copyright Office
Consulting on use of copyrighted works for commercial use
Procuring licenses for copyrighted works for commercial use
Drafting copyright licensing and other agreements
Reviewing copyright licensing and other agreements
Working with Author's to develop copyright plans