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Copyright Services

  

A copyright is a bundle of rights that allow you to stop, among other things, the unlawful reproduction of your creative works without your permission. Unlike a trademark, copyright protects creative works, such as books, photographs, drawings, paintings, plays, etc. Copyright does not protect the “idea,” (anyone can use the idea of a dog who runs away from home) but it does protect your expression of that idea (the script you write for a movie about the dog who runs away from home).


In the digital age, it is easy for your work to be copied and distributed throughout the world. That is why it is important to protect your creative works by registering your copyright. Creativa IP Law LLC can assist you by providing legal advice on which works are copyrightable by identifying artistic aspects of your works, drafting and filing copyright registration applications, drafting copyright license agreements, and advising you on copyright infringement. 


A copyright exists as soon as your work is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” However, if you do not federally register your copyright, you cannot sue anyone for copyright infringement. In addition, if you wait until someone infringes on your copyright before you register it, you will not be able to obtain protection that would not otherwise be available, such as treble (triple) damages and attorney’s fees.


Here are some examples where copyrights are at issue:

  • Someone downloaded all of the content and graphics off my website and is now using it on their site.
  • I just learned that the same designs I created for my clothing line are being copied and used by other printers without my permission.
  • I saw photographs that I took being used in a catalog to sell someone else’s product. I did not give them permission to use my photographs.
  • A song that I wrote is being used and distributed by a band performing in the city. I did not give the band permission to use my song. 
  • Am I entitled to royalties for my song without a copyright registration?


What can you copyright?

Any creative expression of an idea or information, including but not limited to fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, music, computer programs, websites, books, poetry contributions to collective works, advertising copy, speeches, pamphlets, catalogs, brochures, posters, commercial prints, drawings, paintings, murals, sculptures, photographs, models, artwork applied to clothing or to other useful articles that do not contribute to their function, dolls, toys, needlework, cartoons, comic strips, puzzles, greeting cards, postcards, stationary.


Federal Copyright Registration

To register a copyright, an electronic application is completed and a copy of the creative work is “deposited” with the Library of Congress.


Copyright Package ($350 per application)

We offer an affordable copyright package to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This package includes the attorney’s fee and government filing fees to prepare and file an online copyright application.* In addition, the flat fee includes legal and administrative fees associated with making requisite deposits of the copyrighted work with the Library of Congress. 


To be eligible for the key benefits of copyright registration, you must register your work before another party uses your work without your consent – otherwise your eligibility for those benefits is lost. A federally registered copyright provides numerous advantages to the copyright owner, including eligibility for statutory damages ($750 - $150,000) and for reimbursement of the copyright owner’s attorney fees. The benefits are unavailable if your work is infringed before you register your copyright. 


*The flat fee listed applies for a basic registration application filed electronically. Paper application or non-basic claims, such as group contributions or group photographs, will increase the flat fee specified by the difference in the government filing fees. 


Copyright Assignments and Licensing

Are you transferring assets from one company to another? You will need to properly assign your copyrighted works to the new company. This can be done through a copyright assignment agreement. This agreement enables you to capitalize on the value of your creations and generate revenue.


Are you licensing your copyrighted work to another person or company? You should create a formal licensing agreement that details all of the rights and responsibilities of both parties. A license agreement enables you to generate revenue from your copyrighted intellectual property. And if there is ever a dispute, you will be able to point to a legal document to quickly resolve the issue.


Copyright Enforcement

Some individuals and companies do not think twice before taking your work without permission. Whether it is a photograph, t-shirt design, or unique ad copy, when someone else takes your work without permission, it can severely harm your business. Our firm provides enforcement services that are tailored to your needs and your budget. Whether that is a cease and desist letter, a take-down notice, or reaching out to the individual directly, we will work with you to achieve your copyright protection goals.



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We offer an affordable copyright package to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This package includes the attorney’s fee and government filing fees to prepare and file an online copyright application.* In addition, the flat fee includes legal and administrative fees associated with making requisite deposits of the copyrighted work with the Library of Congress. 

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