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How Is Ownership of a Copyright Transferred?

Posted on May 29, 2019
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The owner of a copyright is entitled to certain exclusive rights under the Copyright Act of 1976. These rights include the right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivate works based upon the copyrighted work, to distribute copies of the copyright work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership, to perform the copyrighted work publicly through live means or through audio transmission and to display the copyrighted work publicly. When the … Read More

What Is a “Joint Work” and Who Owns Its Copyright?

Posted on May 10, 2019
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A “joint work” is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole. See 17 U.S.C. § 101. A collaborative effort is only classified as a joint work if each author made independently copyrightable contributions to the work and if the authors fully intended to be coauthors. The phrase “independently copyrightable contributions” implies that if all of the authors of the … Read More

Does the Creator of a Copyrighted Work Always Own the Copyright?

Posted on May 6, 2019
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When we create something, we generally want to be given credit for it. A copyright is perhaps the greatest legal method of ensuring that you will receive credit for the work you created. A copyright is the legal term used for the rights given to the owner to reproduce, distribute, display and create adaptations of a protected work. A few types of works that can be protected by copyright are literary works (novels, poems, … Read More

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