Category: Trademarks, Copyrights, Public Domain, History
Created on Sunday, 16 May 2010 16:35
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 04:22
Written by Johnnie Meier
The following is adapted from information provided at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html
Do I have to register with the Copyright Office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Publication is not necessary for copyright protection. The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U. S. law,
Is my copyright good in other countries?
The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, we honor each other's citizens' copyrights. Norway does have agreements to honor U.S. copyrights.
Can foreigners register their works in the United States?
Any work that is protected by U.S. copyright law can be registered. This includes many works of foreign origin. All works that are unpublished, regardless of the nationality of the author, are protected in the United States.
How long does a copyright last?
As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. Below is a summary from Circular 15A on the duration of copyrights published by the U.S. Copyright Office.
Is there such a thing as international copyright protection?
There is no such thing as an “international copyright” that will automatically protect an author’s writings throughout the entire world. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends, basically, on the national laws of that country. However, most countries do offer protection to foreign works under certain conditions, and these conditions have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions.