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Definition of a Copyright

A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to authors of "original works of authorship." This includes literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other creative works. Material not protected by copyright (or otherwise protected) is available for use by anyone without the author's consent. A copyright holder can prevent others from copying, performing or otherwise using the work without his or her consent.

Our copyright Education Center provides all the resources you need to understand the various types of copyrightable works and the benefits conferred by copyright registration. The Education Center and FAQs should answer most of your questions.

Using LegalZoom, you can apply to register a copyright at your convenience simply by answering a few questions online and sending us a copy of your work. We will file the entire copyright application package for you with the US Copyright Office.



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