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    Quimbee Copyright CLE Online

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    An Overview of Copyright

    Copyright is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute a particular work. In the United States, the basis of copyright protection stems from Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The Congress shall have Power ...To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Tımes to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The first federal copyright law was the Copyright Act of 1790. The length of copyright established by that law was 14 years, with the ability to renew for 14 more years.

    Today, the most significant piece of copyright legislation is the Copyright Act of 1976, which is codified in Title 17 of the United States Code. Generally, the protections of copyright are subject to a time limit–as of 2021, most copyright protections expire 70 years after the author's death or 95 years after publication.

    Copyright protects only certain forms of work. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright “protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.” Copyright also protects only “fixed” works, which means the work must be captured in a sufficiently permanent medium.

    Copyright is automatically created by fixing an original work in a tangible medium. However, a copyright owner can enhance the protection of a work by registering the work. Copyright registration is not mandatory, but it is necessary if an owner wants to enforce the copyright in court.

    Who Should Take CLE Courses in Copyright?

    Any attorney who works with creative professionals should have a deep understanding of copyright law. For authors, filmmakers, musicians, and artists, copyright protection may be their lifeblood. While the idea of copyright law may seem straightforward, the Copyright Act is full of intricacies and often clashes with other areas of law, particularly First Amendment protections. And with forms of communication constantly changing through technology, staying abreast of how copyright law applies to those new technologies in both theory and practice is vital to ensuring the protection of creators’ works. CLE courses in copyright can also be enjoyable for any attorney looking for engaging material, as such courses tend to focus on areas such as art and entertainment.