Copyrights are constitutionally mandated protections for people and businesses that create original works including literary works, musical works (including any accompanying words), dramatic works (including any accompanying music), pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, and architectural works and may also include computer programs, maps and architectural plans.
Holding a copyright gives you the exclusive right to reproduce the work and copies of it and develop derivative works based on it. You also hold distribution rights, performance rights and even the right to display or perform the work publicly.
Most companies today hold creative works that should be protected from unlawful copying, whether they are computer codes, websites, training or user manuals, or more traditional forms of copyrighted media. Copyrights are often an integral part of a company’s success.
Copyright Rights, Applications and Permissions
Thanks to digital and electronic media, copyrights are more important than ever today — and vital to an intellectual property portfolio.
Workman Nydegger helps clients determine exactly what level of protection is needed, from a simple copyright symbol to federal registration. We carefully consider all copyright issues, which are often complex (even on what may seem like a simple copyright application) when preparing applications. For clients with extensive copyright needs, Workman Nydegger can help train personnel to prepare applications in-house.
Additionally, Workman Nydegger helps determine if internet content lies within the public domain and is freely usable and which content requires an appropriate license. For clients creating online works, Workman Nydegger will also develop strategies for self-publishing, licensing, and permissions.