Copyright Issues

What is a copyright and where would I go to register one?

A copyright protects the form of expression of a creator against copying. Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works are included within the protection of U.S. copyright law.

Copyright does not protect an idea itself, only its particular expression. Copyright can include the following: literature, musical works, plays, exhibition art, motion pictures, pantomime works, choreography, sculpture, sound recordings, and architecture. When someone has the copyright, they also have the right to produce derivative works from the original works, to distribute the work, or to perform the work publicly.

Copyrights are registered through the Library of Congress at the Copyright Office.