What is Copyright?

About Copyright Law

COPYRIGHT OWNERS HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS, granted by federal law, to control their original works of authorship. These laws protect copyright owners from infringement. Anyone who violates any of these rights is an infringer and may be subject to fines and sometimes criminal punishment, including imprisonment.


Because creative products are often works of original authorship, whether created or purchased, a basic understanding of copyright law is essential to anyone involved in creating, licensing, selling, or buying creative products. Failure to understand the rules governing copyright can result in multi-million dollar law suits or the loss of intellectual property. Today, people take copyright ownership seriously.


Copyright law is found in Section 17 of the United States Code, where it is separated into thirteen chapters, each one dealing with a distinct aspect of copyright.


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