Beck Tysver Evans can provide you with copyright services to safeguard the rights of your literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works. While we have experience in registering copyrights with the U.S. Copyright office, most of our copyright work involves analyzing complex copyright issues in new Internet business models. While Beck Tysver Evans does not handle litigation, we are able to work closely with litigation attorneys in other firms to provide technical and legal assistance in complex copyright matters.
Copyright protection is different from patents and trademarks, as no copyright application needs to be filed before a work is protected under copyright law. Instead, copyright protection is granted as soon as as an original work of authorship has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. There is a discussion in BitLaw that provides more information on the nuances of copyright creation, but in reality most works are protected at the moment they are created. Registration of the copyright is not necessary for the work to be protected, although registration does provide enough benefits that it is almost always recommended for a company’s important new works.