Copyright is an integral component to any intellectual property program or portfolio of assets. Copyright applies to “original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” Simply stated, copyright applies to works ranging from photographs, literary writings, paintings, sculptures, music, lyrics, certain design elements and even architectural structures. Copyright is a Federal law, and is recognized internationally through the Berne Convention, to which most countries in the global community are signatories. Copyright issues can be intertwined with trademark and right of publicity issues. For example, a photograph of a celebrity will implicate both the copyright owned by the person who took the photo, and the publicity rights of the celebrity, when that photograph is used in a commercial context. Internet websites can also qualify for copyright protection as can certain logos and designs.


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