What is the Copyright Law?

Copyright law is a specific subset of Intellectual Property Law, which aims to protect intangible property from being misused by others, which will theoretically encouarge creativity within a society. In order to obtain a copyright, a piece of work must have some element of originality. For example, the dictionary is not protected under copyright, since it is just a collection of information and not a creative work. A copyright entitles the author to exclusive rights over a parcticular work, whether it be a piece of writing, a music composition, or a photograph. A copyright holder has the right to reproduce the work, create derivative works, perform the work publicly, etc. Unlike a trademark or patent, you do not have to apply for a copyright. As soon as an original work is created, you have copyrights to it. However, in order to bring forth a lawsuit against someone else for using your copyright without permission, it must be registered with the U.S. copyright office. For more information see here: