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Copyright

A copyright is a form of protection to the authors of original works including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Examples of copyrightable works include books, music, motion pictures, photographs, and architectural works. Copyright laws give the owner(s) of the copyright exclusive rights to reproduce and to authorize others to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works based on the original(s), to distribute copies of the work, and to perform or display the work into public forums.

Copyright protection begins immediately, as soon as the work is created in a fixed form. It is an incident of the process and becomes the property of the author as it is accomplished. Only the author or those proclaiming their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright to the work. The employer (and not the employee) is almost always considered the author in the case of works made for hire or if the works were created within the scope of his or her employment.


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