Copyright Statutory Formalities
Copyright protection in the United States is automatic upon the fixation of an original work of authorship. The use of the copyright notice and the registration of a work are referred to as formalities, which are the procedural requirements for securing and maintaining full copyright protection, and were formerly requirements for copyright protection. Some of the most sweeping changes under the 1976 Copyright Act involve copyright formalities. To learn more, arrange a free consultation with our experienced copyright attorney today.
Works Made for Hire Under the 1976 Copyright Act
Under the 1976 Copyright Act as amended, a work is protected by copyright as soon as it is created in a fixed form. The copyright immediately becomes the property of the author who created it. Generally, the person who created a work is the author of that work, but there is an exception to that rule. Where a work is “made for hire,” the employer, not the employee, is considered the author.
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