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Intellectual Property

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects authors, artists and creators from unauthorized individuals or organizations using their original works. Copyright law covers creative works such as songs, novels, movies, computer software, poetry and architecture.
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  • If you or your business is the author of an original work, filing a copyright gives you the exclusive rights to control and profit from that copyrighted work.
  • For example, if you paint a picture or write a book, a copyright gives you the exclusive right to make copies of that work and sell them.
  • If you’re trying to protect a name or tagline, you likely also need a trademark, not just copyright protection. Learn more about trademark law here.
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