Copyright applies to expressive intellectual creations, such as literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works.

Since 1980 (in the United States) software has been copyrightable to protect the expressive elements of software code. Copyright does not apply, however, to the functional aspects of software. For that, see patents.

The owner of a copyright in an original work has an exclusive right to make copies, to prepare derivative works, and to distribute those copies of the original work and derivative works. The copyright owner can license those rights to others.

Rosenlaw & Einschlag can help you:

  • Determine what you can copyright and what you cannot.
  • Prepare appropriate copyright and licensing notices.
  • Submit copyright registrations.
  • Prepare formal legal opinions on collective work and derivative work issues.Negotiate copyright licenses.