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Copyrights vest to a creator of an original work of authorship once that work is fixed in a tangible form. Types of original works can include literary, musical, artistic, and certain other creative expressions, both published and unpublished. Registration is not necessary for the copyright protection to vest. Nonetheless, registering is necessary for enforcement in federal court and to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees from an infringer. To preserve the right to statutory damages and attorneys’ fees, an application must be filed within three months of publication or at least before infringement begins.

At Tsircou Intellectual Property Law, we assist our clients in registering, licensing and enforcing copyrights. We are also of benefit prior to the creation of a copyrightable work. At this early stage, we ensure that important issues such as ownership, financial considerations, and other concerns are identified and resolved and subsequently prepare agreements between the parties

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