Copyright law protects creative works (think: paintings, graphic design, lyrics, poetry, sound recordings, websites, and motion pictures). It can even protect works that fall outside of what we ordinarily consider to be “creative,” like educational materials, literature, presentation content, databases, and collections of forms. The owner of a copyrighted work is usually the original creator, except in certain circumstances, and is the only one with the exclusive right to copy, sell, distribute, perform, and create derivative works based on the creative work (absent a written agreement that says otherwise). Many times, creative works are valuable assets, and a little proactive protection can go a long way.
If you choose Spear IP as your intellectual property legal advisor, you might benefit from Spear IP’s experience with copyright matters. This includes assisting with things like registering creative works with the U.S. Copyright Office and reviewing paintings, photography collections, presentations, and literature for potential IP issues. It also includes contract-related copyright issues, like legal advice surrounding licensing of creative works, or contracts like work-for-hire agreements, assignment agreements, and agreements to create custom artwork.
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