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Ask A CPA - Business Start-ups

Do I Need To Get A Copyright For My Business Invention ?

It depends on what property you are considering for a copyright. A copyright is a form of protection provided by U.S. laws to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright protection begins from the time the work is created in a fixed form. When granted the copyright immediately and automatically becomes the property of the author who created it. Copyright registration is optional and generally not a requirement for protection. However, registration provides several advantages to copyright owners. It establishes a public record of the copyright claim and is necessary before any infringement suit may be filed in a court of law. Registration may be made at any time within the life of the copyright. If more information is needed speak to your local CPA or call the Copyright Office Public Information Office at (202)707-3000. or go to their Web site at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/.

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