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Copyright Law

There are many issues involved in copyright protection law that may require the services of an experienced attorney. The firm can provide services such as copyright litigation representation, registering copyright protection, and counseling as to liability, fair use on the Internet, intellectual property audits and more. Contact the firm about your copyright issue for more about the Lexero advantage. Remember, the initial consultationwith an experienced Washington DC Copyright Lawyer is free of charge.

More About Copyright

In today’s digital world, issues of copyright become more and more salient to small business and consumers. Copyright is the legal term used to describe the rights a person has to control the use of their original works. By assuring that the original owner of a work can control legal control over it’s use, innovation and creativity is encouraged. If a person could not control their original works and the ways in which the works were used, there would be little incentive for artists, writers, musicians and others to educate and entertain us.

Of course, we wouldn’t want to have to have all of the original works ever created exclusively under the control of the original author, because it would prevent us from learning or commenting on the original works.

Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. 107) understands this problem by setting out certain exceptions to a creator’s copyrights. These exceptions are generally known as “Fair Use” exceptions. A person other than the creator of the original work may use the work for purposes of “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research.”

The rights that belong to an original creator of a work are found in the United States Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. 106). Because we don’t want every original work to have to be registered or regulated, copyright automatically attaches to an original work once the work is published in some way. A work may be published in a traditional way, such as in a book or on a compact disc, or it may be published in other ways, such as posting on a blog or website, sending an e-mail or performing a song at a coffee house. Generally, as long as the work is shared with others in some “permanent” way, the work has been published and may be protected by copyright. For example, the words you are reading right now are protected by copyrights, because this is an original work that has been published on the Lexero website.

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